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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 ↓