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    What If They Flooded New Orleans To Save Cajun Country?

    What If They Flooded New Orleans To Save Cajun Country?

    Pat at And So It Goes In Shreveport has good updates on the planned flooding of Cajun country to help save Baton Rouge and New Orleans.  The impact on numerous towns and communities will be substantial.

    The use of the Atchafalaya basin as a safety valve for the large cities now is taken for granted, but it was controversial when the plan was established.  The current diversion of the Mississippi river will flood a national heritage and sensitive ecosystem to save cities.

    Just wondering how the media coverage would be different if the plan were to flood Baton Rouge or New Orleans in order to save Cajun country.

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    Lyle is right on….

    It's mostly hunting and fishing camps but there are a few people that have made these low lying areas their homes. The Mississippi River really wants to change course and use a shorter route to the Gulf of Mexico. The Atchafalaya is that route and it almost happened the last time they opened the Morganza flood gates in 1973. The people who own property in the basin have already been compensated for the use of it as a spillway. Plus the silt will be good for a lot of the farmland once the water subsides.

    Samuel Clemens knew the utter futility of trying to boss ol man river around. The Atchafalya can no more be denied forever than the clouds can outwait the sun. Sooner or later the US Government is going to lose their pushing match, and the river will move. I hope we will take advantage of the disaster to rethink our relationship with the river. Let's give a try to movable housing, shiftable shipping channels and a realistic attitude about what can and cannot be maintained on land below sea level and in the way of predictable floods.

    We could get a whole lot more good out of the river, have a more environmentally sustainable and beautiful Gulf region, and save uncountable billions of dollars every year fighting with forces of nature than man never has been and never will be able to tame.


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