Outside Louisiana

April 22, 2008

And here are some from a walk and car trip through Thibodaux.

ducks from hell:

these ducks were not quite as scary as they looked but i had never seen them before.  I’m not sure if it’s right but i think they’re called Muscovy ducks.  

 

Then i took pictures from the car which my royally sucky camera somehow managed. Here is the landscape:


  <div>so many graveyards on the sides of highways.  but it seems much nicer than a huge field of tombstones somehow<div><div> this is the church i was baptized in.  be sure to make the sign of the cross when you pass by

water towers.  lots of them.

<div>the  most delicious roadside un-fast food.

and highway scenery.  the water was so high up the levees that they had to open the spillway.

 

From the Times Picayune:

“The increase was in response to the Mississippi River’s continued rise in advance of an expected crest of 17 feet at New Orleans on Tuesday and 24 feet at Reserve, just above the spillway.

The additional spillway openings are designed to ensure that no more than 1.25 million cubic feet of water per second goes downriver from the spillway. The river at Reserve had risen to 23.6 feet , with a volume of 1.26 million cubic feet of water per second, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage at Reserve is 22 feet.

The corps makes a daily decision on how many bays should be opened or closed.

On Tuesday’s crest, the river is expected to rise to 24 feet at Reserve, with an anticipated volume of 1.29 million cfs, or 9.6 million gallons of water per second, according to the weather service.

The spillway, which lowers the river’s volume at New Orleans by diverting water into Lake Pontchartrain has been opened nine times since the 7,000-foot-long control structure was completed in 1931.

It was last opened in 1997, when 298 bays were opened.

The Corps of Engineers opened 38 bays on April 11, an additional 46 bays the next day and six bays on Wednesday.

Angelo Dalessandro, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, said Thursday that the river should begin to fall after Tuesday’s crest.

“They’re still getting some rain in the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys, but it’s not going to be heavy enough to affect us during this event,” he said.

Army Corps officials say they expect the spillway to be open between two and four weeks. “

 

It’s important to note that not much goes on down there in the off-hurricane season…so it was kind of a big deal.  And they all showed up to watch.

 

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