Spillway Opened, Small Town Residents Fear Flooding in La.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Morganza Spillway was all over the front pages this weekend. You probably saw a picture of it – the big wall of the levee with its gates open, spewing muddy Mississippi water at thousands of cubic feet per minute. The decision to open those floodgates has diverted the surge of the Mississippi, and probably saved Baton Rouge and New Orleans from flooding. But all that water has to go somewhere, and salvation downriver came at the expense of folks upriver. When the gates were opened, it set into motion a slow moving disaster; one that's arriving in the homes of the Cajun communities in the Atchafalaya Basin. 

Kim Severson, reporter for our partner The New York Times has been covering the flood. Rusty Goulas, who lives near the flood line in Breaux says he is not evacuating his home and doesn't fear the two feet of flooding he thinks will come up into his yard.


Rusty Goulas and Kim Severson

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

Comments [1]

Mary Peevy from Texas

Why doesn't Governor Jindal call in about 20 or 30 trucks to pump all that water and transport it to the dry Las Vegas Nevada which is the driest city in America and is dangerously close to having no water in the near future. I realize because of high gas prices, it would cost a lot of money, but wouldn't it be cheaper than destroying those small towns. He would killing 3 birds with one stone. Helping out Nevada, helping is own state from flooding, and creating a few jobs. It seems plausible to me than whipping out those people's homes and businesses that people have spent their entire lives building.

May. 16 2011 08:36 AM

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