Mississippi River Floods 2011: The Scenario
The Mississippi River continues to rise and more people are forced to evacuate, the great flood of 1927 on a lot of Southern heads. According to reports in the Nashville Tennessean on the edge of history could repeat itself.
To give a little perspective: in the flood, the levees broke in 145 places and flooded 27,000 square miles in up to 30 feet of water over a distance of 100 miles of land. In some places more than twice the volume of Niagara Falls poured through levees broke like nine affected states and 246 people were killed.
Although changes made to the levee system over the years, failures are now just as before, and cities that have already blown their sit upstream dams to flood at bay to hold. In Vicksburg, where the Yazoo River flows into the Mississippi River, current forecasts put the river cresting the barriers by more than a foot. There is a real concern of the strain is too much for the dirt levees.
The best officials can do there is polyethylene panels over the levees and share in the efforts to preserve their integrity.
Army Corps of Engineers and officers tell people to faith in the levees, but to be vigilant.
After the 1927 flood, over 2,200 miles of additional dams were put in place to protect residents in the flood zone, but called this support into question after Hurricane Katrina. Regardless of the locals’ confidence in the levees so that a significant proportion do not have flood insurance.
The possibility of levee failure is the grinding of the Mississippi Delta, in NW, where the Yazoo and Mississippi Rivers failure to do justice, is at a standstill.