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Early Thoughts on the Mississippi River Flooding of 2011

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Author: Gary Scronce, Director of Preparedness Programs, IEM

Since 1986, I have lived in southern Louisiana just 2 miles from an Atchafalaya Basin Levee and crossed the mighty Mississippi River at least twice a day. Given this, it is only natural to consider the risk of flooding where my family and I live, particularly in the springtime. We all knew from watching the heavy snowfalls in the Midwest and upper Midwest during winter that the river was likely to rise this year. What we had not anticipated was all of the thunderstorm activity that swept across the same areas and especially through the Ohio River Valley this spring. We have watched what has happened to the north of us and now have an understanding of what is going to reach southern Louisiana thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Weather Service River Forecast Center for the Lower Mississippi, and our local news stations and newspapers.

For those not familiar with the lower Mississippi area and the flood control structures in place, one of the best graphic depictions I have seen is located here: (more…)