For the second time ever, the Corp of Engineers have opened up the Morganza Floodway to divert water from the rain swollen Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya basin. In order to avoid risk of catastrophic flooding in Baton Rouge and New Orleans (again) this was the only solution.
My heart goes out to all those affected by flooding in several states. Locally there are around 25,000 that will have their homes and business destroyed. Potential flooding of 25 feet will destroy enviroment, farming, and of course economic dollars.
The enviroment will reinstate, but farming will take years to repair. Many farmers in Cajun Country have insurance, but like Katrina flooding, man-made flooding is not apart of any insurance plan. businesses and families will again have to pick up the pieces and start a new life.
I know it’s a choice that state govenment has to make but it’s a rock in a hard place. Destroy a few to save many. It sounds like something stright out of Hollywood. But it’s our reality.
I’m not in harms way, but many will be (or have already faced flooding in other states). Our prayers go out to the familes that will have to rebuild and move on.
I hope New Orleans & Baton Rouge will help our nieghbors pick up the pieces and rebuild….together.