US Army Corps of Engineers to Operate the Morganza Spillway; Opening will be Gradual to Reduce Wildlife Impacts-Allow Rescue

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza floodway, May 14, 2011
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)

They are letting the Mississippi River go the direction that it wants to go, anyway, but in a controlled manner. The flood structure is to control the river and keep the Mississippi from shifting away from New Orleans. An uncontrolled diversion (i.e. levee breaches-failures) could result in catastrophic failures impacting Baton Rouge, Waterford nuclear power station, chemical corridor “cancer alley” and/or New Orleans.

USACE to operate Morganza Control Structure
Published May 28, 2019
NEW ORLEANS – Mississippi River Commission President and United States Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division Commander Maj. Gen. Richard Kaiser has approved the request to operate the Morganza Control Structure and Floodway. If forecasted conditions remain unchanged, the operation will begin on June 2, 2019.

Current forecasts indicate that the river will reach a stage in…

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Louisiana Morganza Spillway Opening: Displaced Bears, Alligators, Snakes, Deer, Feral Hogs & More; Tips; Bear Assistance Phone #

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News Release from the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries:
LDWF Urges Public to be Mindful of Displaced Wildlife During Morganza Spillway Opening Event Release Date: 05/28/2019
May 28, 2019 – With the Morganza Spillway to be opened Sunday (June 2), wildlife species will seek higher ground and be displaced into habitat with which they may not be familiar. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) urges the public to be especially cognizant of wildlife forced into populated areas by flood water from the spillway.

Rising waters force wildlife from flooded habitat into adjacent residential and commercial areas where they may come into contact with residents. LDWF urges citizens to minimize contact with animals while they seek temporary refuge from their flooded home range.

Wild animals not posing a threat to humans should be left alone and should not be fed. Feeding wild animals will encourage those animals…

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