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6 April 2008 Coleen Perilloux Landry

The River Runs Wide, Swift and Deep-April 6, 2008

At Bonnet Carre' Spillway

The natural boundary of the Mississippi at this point is the tree line. The River rose two feet in the past 5 days and is at flood stage at the moment. River traffic is at a minimum because of the strong, swift current.
This is the time when barges get loose from their moorings and run rampant, creating havoc and endangering structures along the River.
I feel certain the Spillway locks will be opened in the next few days to prevent flooding in New Orleans.

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Neal Nye08-Apr-2008 11:44
Pretty impressive to see the melted snow from half the country all flowing past here. Scary too!
Guest 07-Apr-2008 15:54
It is amazing that they wait as long as they do. History proves that you shouldn't go to the razor's edge when dealing with nature.
Al Chesworth07-Apr-2008 14:36
Mighty powerful stuff.
laine8207-Apr-2008 08:57
I hope they don't wait too long, does look massive
Zak07-Apr-2008 07:41
Robin Reid07-Apr-2008 05:37
When I crossed the Mississippi by small ferry at Hickman KY last Spring I was amazed by the power of the current and the width. Nothing to fool with. Best wishes down there.
Gary Winters07-Apr-2008 04:46
Through you, I keep learning more and more about your corner of the world. Thanks!
Dennis Hoyne07-Apr-2008 04:25
Great shot, I can't believe how wide the river is at that spot. No flood damage, please.