Mississippi River Flooding
We think the Corps should operate the ORCC to increase the discharge as the river rises — and that Congress should authorize this. Now. This would lower flood crests, make floods shorter, and reduce the risk of levee failure — and a course change. It would also reduce batture and backwater flooding and the resulting economic and environmental damage on some 1.5 million acres in Mississippi and Louisiana. Time to change the flood control plan – before it’s too late.
What if Mississippi’s politicians got fired up and got back in the flood trading game? And worked a deal to speed the floods to the sea – all the way to the sea?
“It’s still flooding in Mississippi – more frequent, longer, higher floods”. Is this the new normal?
I think floods are acts of God and politicians. God sends the rain. Politicians decide who gets flooded.
Whack-a-mole… a metaphor for Mississippi River floods and efforts by the Levee Board and the Corps of Engineers to whack the levee breaches, sand boils, back water floods, and so on that keep popping up.
Who can get the Corps attention and make this happen? Hello, Mississippi senators, congressmen, governor, and legislators. Who can encourage them? Hello, hunters, farmers, and landowners and the businesses that depend on them.