“The system is expected to bring widespread heavy rain and flooding, gusty winds, rip currents, high surf as well as some coastal flooding.”
“2017 could be an “above-normal” year for large hurricanes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a potential problem for Gulf Coast oil drillers and refiners.”
The Advocate – Report: Major figure in Katrina aftermath says no FEMA, NOAA leaders at start of hurricane season ‘should scare hell out of everybody’
“. . . Trump appointed former Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long to lead FEMA in late April, but the Senate has not yet confirmed the selection, CNN reported. Trump has not appointed anyone to the NOAA position.”
WAFB – BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service New Orleans LA
730 AM CDT SUN APR 30 2017
The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a
* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Eastern West Feliciana Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
West Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
Southeastern Pointe Coupee Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
Western East Feliciana Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
Northwestern Iberville Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
Northwestern East Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
Southeastern Wilkinson County in southern Mississippi…
Western Amite County in southern Mississippi…
* Until 800 AM CDT
WAFB.com weather page with radar etc.
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Texas had deadly tornadoes – so be checking radio and tv etc. for any warnings!
Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Station has the most powerful single nuclear reactor in the US, when it’s working, which it isn’t and apparently hasn’t for the last 3 months. Problems were reported, intermittently, in the months preceding its shutdown. Grand Gulf Nuclear first operated over 31 years ago – July 1, 1985. That is old for a car, but this is a nuclear power station! Ionizing radiation adds additional material stresses.Nonetheless, the US NRC has just decided that Grand Gulf will be allowed to operate until 2044, or 59 years, even though a special inspection report regarding serious safety concerns is still pending, and even though it’s not working.
Washington Post – Hurricane Watch issued along Florida Gulf Coast
This is a new one.
This track is just the CONE — the storm is much WIDER:
MORE here later.
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This is just plain BAD!
Shame on Google News for not putting Mississippi River news on the front page!
Mining Awareness – Runaway Barges Endanger Nuclear Power Stations-Essential Infrastructure: Life on the Mississippi <— TIP: local residents, remember if electricy goes out gas stations cannot sell gas and cash machines don’t work. Be prepared in advance!
Jan. 19 – 4.2M Frack-Quake in OK
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Colfax, Louisiana needs help!
Clean Harbors Colfax, LLC (a Massachusetts company) is conducting an Open Burn of 500,000 pounds a year near the central Louisiana town of Colfax with the approval of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
The company has made application to increase the amount of hazardous waste to 2 million pounds a year in 2016. Companies from all over the country are shipping their hazardous waste explosives to Louisiana to be burned, releasing toxic chemicals and particles into our air. Federal law prohibits the open burning of hazardous waste; an exception is made only for waste explosives IF there is no alternative disposal method, but multiple alternative disposal methods that are much safer now exist.
Oppose the open burning of hazardous waste materials at the Clean Harbors Colfax, LLC facility located on Highway 471, Colfax, LA.
Voice your opposition to the open burning/open detonation of explosives, propellants, warheads, airbags, expired fireworks and other materials that are releasing toxic chemicals into our air, water, and soil Please open web site and sign this petition:
Registration for the public comments begins at 4pm on February 23 at the Civic Center in Colfax LA. All who wish to speak must register on site. Public comments begin at 6pm and will be conducted by DEQ. Everything is recorded. If you want to send anything back to DEQ in Baton Rouge you may hand that in.
The civic center is located at 1290 Main Street in Colfax.
New York Times – Inequality in the Air We Breathe?
For years, one of the largest employers in that area was the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant, about four miles from Minden. The Environmental Protection Agency eventually listed the plant as a Superfund site because for more than 40 years “untreated explosives-laden wastewater from industrial operations was collected in concrete sumps at each of the various load line areas,” and emptied into “16 one-acre pink water lagoons.” It was determined that the toxic contamination in soil and sediments from the lagoons was a “major contributor” to toxic groundwater contamination.
. . . . Fifteen years ago, Robert D. Bullard published Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality. In it, he pointed out that nearly 60 percent of the nation’s hazardous-waste landfill capacity was in “five Southern states (i.e., Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas),” and that “four landfills in minority ZIP codes areas represented 63 percent of the South’s total hazardous-waste capacity” although “blacks make up only about 20 percent of the South’s total population.”
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced Friday the Plaquemine Ferry service will be suspended starting Monday, Jan. 18 due to high Mississippi River stages.
DOTD will be monitoring the conditions closely over the weekend, and in the event that the river rises to a level that makes it unsafe to operate, the Department will alert the public if closure earlier than Monday, Jan. 18 becomes necessary.
On Jan. 8, DOTD crews built a higher elevation approach that allowed the ferry to remain open an additional week. It will also allow the ferry to reopen roughly one week sooner once the river levels fall.
Based on the current river stage forecast, DOTD expects to resume service by Jan. 28, but that will depend on field conditions.
Jan. 14 Situation –
Flood warning continues for the following rivers in Louisiana…Texas..
Atchafalaya River At Krotz Springs
Atchafalaya River At Morgan City
Calcasieu River Near Glenmora
Sabine River Near Bon Wier
Sabine River Near Deweyville
Pine Island Bayou Near Sour Lake
Insurance Journal – Cities Prepare for High Waters as Mississippi River Nears Flood Stage
St. Charles Parish: Mississippi River flooding < has video
. . . . Not only are its levees dilapidated, but that stretch of the Mississippi is thick with hardware like wing dikes, which are rock jetties that jut perpendicularly into the river from the banks. Structures like these are designed to help barges navigate by concentrating the river’s flow. But as I wrote in this 2014 cover story for onEarth, wing dikes also make floodwaters more turbulent, slowing them down and raising them higher.
The Mississippi River is almost 8 feet higher than its 48-foot Greenville flood stage. The National Weather Service anticipates the water to crest at 56.2 feet Wednesday, making it almost 4 feet lower and a day earlier than originally expected.
The New Yorker – The Control of Nature (1987) – Atchafalaya
” . . . The Mississippi wants to go west. Nineteen-seventy-three was a forty-year flood. The big one lies out there somewhere—when the structures can’t release all the floodwaters and the levee is going to have to give way. That is when the river’s going to jump its banks and try to break through. . . .”
Meanwhile, at Boone Dam . . . .
SULLIVAN / WASHINGTON CO.,TN (WJHL) In the days immediately after the October 2014 discovery of a structural problem at Boone Dam, internal TVA emails show staff had grave concerns about the dam and the potential impact on the safety of people downstream.
Post here from May 5: Boone Dam in Tenn. Worsens! Above Some Nuke Plants
Nuke plants in flood path updates – scroll down 2 posts ↓