All the rain we were getting in April and still in May goes down into the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Louisville, Evansville, New Harmony, IN; Cairo, IL; Memphis, Vicksberg, MI; have been having flooding problems. Now the Morganza spillway gates have been opened to divert some of the water to the western part of Louisiana to spare Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The first time in 40 years. Of course this means that some people will be flooded who may not have been - but that fewer people altogether will be. It's sad all the way around.
A structure is seen nearly covered by floodwater from the Mississippi River, Tuesday, May 3, 2011, north of New Madrid, Mo. Many areas along the river in Missouri's bootheel are seeing significant flooding and ominous flooding forecasts are raising alarm from southeast Missouri to Louisiana and Mississippi. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
The Mississippi flood in Missouri and Tennessee
The Morganza Spillway - opened May 14th 2011
One of the scenarios considered possible regarding the opening of the Morganza Spillway