Monday, May 16, 2011

Breathing Easier



The Corps has opened the Morganza Spillway, which has actually dropped the river level at New Orleans by about half a foot and is taking potentially lethal pressure off the metropolitan area's levees. We are all breathing a lot easier today even as our hearts go out to those with homes along the Atchafalaya who are now facing increased flooding.

We went and looked at the river yesterday. Yes, it's still scarily high, especially at Audubon Park, above. But you could see that it had been higher, and the levees in Jefferson Parish (below) still had reassuring stretches of concrete and green grass showing above the water line. In the picture below, the river is normally on the left side of the batture trees. That's the bike path you see running along the top of the levee; the River Road is far below, to the right.



I snapped these pictures with my phone, which made them easy to email. But I have other shots I hope to get uploaded, including of a truly impressive mass of debris piled up against the pier in Kenner's old town.

16 comments:

Barbara Caridad Ferrer said...

Are things still holding steady, Candy?

Firefly said...

The aftermath of flooding in New Orleans fairly recently would I'm sure, be on a lot of people's minds. Do hope things have improved Candy!

Essex said...

Can't help but be a bit worried. I hope all is well with you and your family and friends. In fact, I am praying that everyone in that part of the country will escape catastrophe.

Steve Malley said...

Whew! And here I was worried I'd need scuba gear for my upcoming visit! :)

Steve Malley said...

NO sooner said that than I read a news story about the flooding in St Martins.... Jeez. :-/

Elaine said...

Scary indeed. It is amazing what you can take in stride after experiences like Katrina!

orannia said...

Am happy for you, but my thoughts are with all those under water. I so hope you can all have a break from extreme weather soon!

cs harris said...

Barbara, they're saying the river will be at 17 feet--3 feet below the tops of the levees--for weeks. So at this point I gather the main threat is what all that sustained pressure will do.

Firefly, I think the entire city suffers from PTSD.

Essex, I won't deny I was pretty stressed there for a while!

Steve, the funny think is we're STILL in a drought. All that water roaring by us, and we haven't had rain since late March. For the first time since I've lived here, I put a sprinkler out on my lawn last week.

Elaine, if you think I'm calmly taking this in stride, you should talk to my family!

Orannia, I suspect that everyone here in New Orleans is bleeding for those to the west of us. We know what it feels like.

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