The Morganza Spillway near Baton Rouge will more than likely be opened, and the effects of that are almost breathtaking. In a previous post, I mentioned that both the Bonne Carre’ and Morganza Spillways would be opened to protect New Orleans and other areas in south Louisiana from the rising waters of the Mississippi River. Today I found a Corps of Engineers map of the projected inundation. It’s pretty sobering. Click once on the map to get to the “live” site. From there you can zoom in a bit to see better detail.
WDSU in New Orleans has an online article about the Morganza Spillway opening that was updated today. They mention that evacuations may be necessary, and from what I know about this area. I would say they’re right. The population may be sparse, but there are towns in that area, Pierre Part is just one of them. I’m sure the decision to open the Morganza will not be made lightly. It just goes to show how serious this situation is.