Thread: How We Drain The Central US
05-06-2011, 08:35 PM #1
How We Drain The Central US
Just some FYI of how we move all that water from up north into the GOM:
This is a year w/river levels of epic proportions.
05-06-2011, 08:51 PM #2
The Army Core of Engineers have already blown two or three levees in Illinois and Indiana. one levee flooded out 130,000 acres of farm land. not sure what the other one has done.
05-06-2011, 08:59 PM #3
That's what our "spillways" are basically "blown levees"; only we do it by pulling out the planks instead of using explosives. Over the next few weeks I plan on taking a few field trips and getting some pix.
As of right now, BR is sandbagging the top of the levee where the river is expected to top it. The Bonnet Carre will be opened on Monday, I think. I'm betting the Morganza will be opened in about 10 more days... we'll see.
05-08-2011, 04:24 PM #4
05-08-2011, 07:43 PM #5
Send some down here to Florida,
it's been dry as a bone and some of our lakes are three feet below normal...
05-08-2011, 07:47 PM #6
FYI were done with the water in central Illinois...its dried up here enough and we are planting like mad men. rivers and lakes are back to normal here
05-09-2011, 12:47 PM #7
Glad to hear things are returning to normal up there; on the other hand, it's just beginning for us. I went down the the ACoE HQ at the Bonnet Carre' and watched them open the spillway. About 1500 others showed up, too. The only thing missing was a rock band, a lawn chair and cooler full of beer.
Here's a few pix and a video from this AM:
05-09-2011, 12:50 PM #8
05-09-2011, 06:40 PM #9
Billy, where does that water go? Lake Pontchartain?
05-09-2011, 08:30 PM #10
well it was a steady rainfall.After all the rain stopped the All ponding and waterways were full for 4-5 days and another 4 days to dry enough to get a sprayer through. we usually get in the fields here typically around April 15th. We just got in last Thursday. Areas south of Rushville, IN and Worthington, IN. They are just getting in the fields and they are typically starting planting a week to week and a half proir to us in April. Weather this info is any help....im not sure. I Guess to a farmer it makes sense. I think that your looking at 3-4 weeks?
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