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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