got this picture in an e-mail today

Its a shot supposedly taken at the Mississippi River by Williams Boulevard and Jefferson Highway yesterday.

Oh my God…

…and the river won’t crest for another week?

I know one thing, I am going to leave the attic ladder down for the dog, just in case

Dear God, please spare us from this

WAFB writes about sand bubbles in the levees

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Even though the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway was opened last week to help take pressure off the levees, we’re still seeing signs that the levels of Mississippi River are higher than normal. Officials in Baton Rouge have their eyes on more sand boils popping up near the River Road area.

Wednesday, DPW crews were out re-enforcing what they call a control structure. It is composed of limestone and sandbags. They say this is all they need to solve a problem concerning many. The Mississippi River continues to rise, as does awareness for certain areas. One of those areas is Duncan Point near Brightside. The area is south of LSU. Officials say they have spotted sand boils. “It’s a new activity. We normally see seepage, but this is the first time we’ve recently actually had a boil up,” says Steve Wilson with the Pontchartrain Levee District.

Officials say a sand boil is a sign of increased activity. It means the water is too high and is looking for somewhere to go. “It’s ‘Mother Nature’ finding her way home, going back to how she was before the levee was here,” Wilson says. Although this is an area officials say they monitor closely, this scenario raises some red flags. “In this situation, you have silty sand. Silty is a concern. You don’t want to see that. It means it’s coming from the levee itself,” says Jim Ferguson with Baton Rouge DPW.

By stacking sandbags, they are trying to raise water over the hole and equalize the pressure. It’s an effort to keep that silty soil from flowing. “You are using water pressure to seal itself and giving it a spot to go up and pool,” says Wilson. Workers say for now, they appear to have things under control. “The saturated ground around this area is typical,” Ferguson adds. “We unfortunately almost expect them when the river gets this high,” Wilson says. The last time the water was this high was in 1997. That year, it reached 43.8 feet. Currently, the river is expected to crest at 42.5 feet on April 22nd.

Officials say there were no problems in 1997 and with a lower projected crest, they are not expecting any problems this go-around, but crews will be monitoring it for the next 24 hours to make sure the re-enforcement does its job.

And this – did YOU know that PBJ had declared a state of emergency???

River Watch: Levels as of April 15th

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), along with key federal, state, and local agencies are actively monitoring flood stage levels along the Louisiana levee system.

On March 24th, Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency due to rivers cresting above flood stage.

This declaration extends from March 24 through April 22, 2008, unless terminated sooner.

Precautionary measures have also been taken at the local level.

St. Martin, Pointe Coupee, Concordia, Vernon, Tensas, Sabine, East Carroll, Madison, Catahoula, and LaSalle parishes have each declared a state of emergency.

Current River Stages:
Red River Landing: 59.11 ft. with a NWS forecast crest of 60.0 ft. on April 22nd

Baton Rouge: 41.8 ft. with a NWS forecast crest of 42.5 ft. on April 22nd

Morgan City Gage: 7.1 ft. with a NWS forecast crest of 7.6 ft. on April 24th

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~ by maringouin on Wednesday, April 16, 2008.

2 Responses to “got this picture in an e-mail today”

  1. No need to panic. The National Weather Service is forecasting no more than 17.0 feet at New Orleans. You can check it daily here:
    http://www.riverwatch.noaa.gov/l_mississippi.shtml

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