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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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    1. The silty river water is good for the Atchafalaya. It's use to be the course of the Mississippi River at some point. It's the leveeing of the river that is one of the major problem because it means the river doesn't change course and deposit it's silt across the delta region.

    2. The spillway really isn't Cajun Country per se. Not many people live there to begin with because it is simply swamp. People populate the areas east and west of the basin which is what really constitutes Cajun Country (the area to the west and southwest).

    sort of runic rhyme | May 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Wait, I remember studying antebellum American policy, but antediluvian?

    TVs would be full of frail old ladies in wheelchairs unable to escape the ever rising, raging waters. Talking heads would féin breathless concern.
    On the up side, survivors would be better able to find and afford food this fall and winter. That's a lot of flooded farmland all up and down the river.

    Thanks for the link!

    They did the same thing upriver a few weeks ago – flooded 130,000 acres of valuable Missouri farmland to save the village of Cairo, Illinois. (They keep calling it a city, but it's got 3000 people. Please.)

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