Today the official Facebook page of Louisiana State University posted this ominous photo of the Mississippi River:
The photo was taken atop the Baton Rouge levee, just a few hundred feet from the LSU campus and less than a mile from Tiger Stadium.
WWL-AM in New Orleans reports that to reduce possible flooding in the heavily populated areas around the Mississippi River, the Army Corps of Engineers will soon open the Morganza flood control structure, which is 39 miles north of Baton Rouge.
The governor said the river flow is barely below the threshold to open the Morganza structure now, and will hit it this weekend.
“We are expected to reach that trigger on Saturday or Sunday, based on the volume of water,” said (Governor Bobby) Jindal.
“What that means is, that it now looks like they will reach that trigger, it is likely we’ll get that decision from the corps, sometime between Saturday and Tuesday.”
He said during Tuesday’s briefing that once the spillway is open, floodwater could be flowing around Morgan City and into the Gulf of Mexico in three days. He said and estimated 2,500 people live in the flood plain, but thousands more could be affected by backwater flooding.
Above is another image from the Army Corps of Engineers that details the expected Louisiana flood plain from the Mississippi River in the coming days.