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13 May 2011 Coleen Perilloux Landry

2011-Where the Mississippi River Water Flows Into Lake Pontchartrain -Gauge at River 22 feet and steady

Bonnet Carre' Spillway at Lake Pontchartrain

This water has travelled five miles to meet Lake Pontchartrain and has not slowed its speed very much since it went through the locks of the Spillway structure.
There is normally a six foot drop from the normally dry land on the left to Lake Pontchartrain on the right of the white water.
Lake Pontchartrain is the outlet for the Bonnet Carre' Spillway. Before levees along the Mississippi River were built, the river automatically overflowed its banks each spring and found its way to Lake Pontchartrain depositing alluvial soil and nutrients along the way.
The River is the highest I have ever seen it and I have lived here for most of my life. This was a rare opportunity

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laine15-May-2011 06:36
About to see it on the news..been on the road for 2 days and wondered how you were fairing...that's made the mighty even mightier
Bill Ewart Jr15-May-2011 01:34
Been watching this on the weather channel, they've said the river usually 1/2 mile wide is now 6 miles wide, and was thinking of you. Hope this drains out soon, best of luck, and wow....great photo by the way!~
s_barbour14-May-2011 23:48
Terrific shots Coleen...this story actually made our local news here in Hamilton, Ontario tonight.
Of course I thought of you right away!
Larry Ahern14-May-2011 22:33
Beauty is always challenged by difficulty. That is part of why it is beautiful. You help us see that.
Gary Winters14-May-2011 19:50
Amazing perspective into this unfolding disaster. Thanks for helping us see it up close and personal.
Guest 14-May-2011 16:25
An awesome sight coleen. I live close to the Mississippi also and I have never seen such in my lifetime. My mom used to talk about the '37 flood. we drove to Reelfoot lake last week and it is higher than i have ever seen it too. The mighty Mississippi has to show its' might every now and then. Luckily i'm not in a flood zone. BV
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography14-May-2011 15:50
Excellent capture and very scary - way too much water . I hope the water go down soon.
Neal Nye14-May-2011 11:01
Frightening. The clouds and the rushing water remind us of our frailty in the face of Nature's power.
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)14-May-2011 07:26
Great report! V
Robin Reid14-May-2011 06:03
You always cover the "challenges" well.
Guest 14-May-2011 04:44
Nice image of the water conditions and the speed...
Cindi Smith14-May-2011 02:45
Wow, that's way high. A great job of photojournalism!
mitchsphotos14-May-2011 02:39
Great shot! The water from a different perspective than at the flood gates.
A J Adams14-May-2011 02:16
Great shot Coleen.
J. Scott Coile13-May-2011 22:55
You are documenting it so well too.
pkocinski13-May-2011 22:44
Way too much water in some areas - not enough in others :-(
Karen Stuebing13-May-2011 22:01
This is scary. They call this progress? Hope everyone makes out okay. V.
Claude Martin13-May-2011 21:49
Very nice point of view... V
John Lester13-May-2011 21:09
Six feet of water in the town of Evangaline.
President came on down. Little fat man with a notepad on his knee.
John Lester13-May-2011 21:02
I am reminded of the song Louisiana 1927.
Hope you all survive there.