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Old 05-06-2011, 08:09 AM
 
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Default High River Update For New Orleans !

Greetings From New Orleans ,
Today , May 6 , 2011 , the Coast Guard , Vessel Traffic Center has just released the latest river stage update for New Orlleans !
According to the Coast Guard the last river stage prediction was just over 17' on the New Orelans , Carrollton River Gage .
However , today they predicts that the high water river stage for New Orleans will now well exceed that first prediction and in all likelyhood it will now will crest well over 19 and a half feet ! Without a doubt this will be one high water season for the record books and could very well be highrer than thespring flood of 1927 !
It has also been announced that the Bonne Carre Spillway will now be opened this coming Mondayat approximatelly 10:00 am in the morning ! There is still no word yet if and when the Morganza Spillway will be opened but it is highly rumored that it will be opened !
It is also my understanding that the Corps Of Engineers is now on their way back up the Lower Mississippi River where they will detonate and open a section of river levee in the vicinity Island 8 , in order to once again allow the flood waters to escape through the levee and into the low lying areas of Missouri !
One other issue that has NOT yet been addresed yet is the economic impact that this reccord spring flood is having ! Obvisiously , the north bound vessels will burn more fuel and take more time to get to their destinatons but form what I am hearing , this flood wil also create more and deeper havoc than first anticipated . For example , the Exxon/Mobil Refinery in Baton Rouge will literally be closing down and NOT accepting any more loaded tankers filled with crude oil because their dock will soon be UNDER WATER ! Just imagine what economic impact that will have especially now that the average price for a gallon of gas is at or above $ 4.00 a gallon ! My office has also been told that there have been a number of ships that were first on their way to any one of a number of Mississippi River ports , but now because of the floodding they have now diverted to other Gulf Coast ports instead ! These are just a few of the negative impact that thsi Spring flood has had and in all likelyhood it will take quite some time bfore the whole cost can be added up !
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