To reduce the pressure on a dam near Baton Rouge and New Orleans, engineers have discovered two main spillway. Once the water was released last weekend at the Morganza spillway near Baton Rouge, National Guard were sent to warn people of the region, most of which responded to the call to seek higher ground.
Melting snow and rain caused a significant increase in water levels in Mississippi this spring. On Monday, Barack Obama flew to Memphis, Tenn., to bring sympathy to the families affected by last week due to rise of water in the river to a level just a few inches to fall short of the record set in 1937. Some low-lying areas were flooded, but the dam fulfilled their mission.
In Mississippi and Louisiana, the first responders are keeping watch on the walls of dams to keep the situation under control.
1. House almost disappeared under the water, May 12, 2011 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The water level in Mississippi is projected to reach 58.5 feet burn. Torrential rains caused floods in the Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas.
2. Andre Blanchard nails a sign to the door of his house, located near the Atchafalaya River, where the family prepares to leave home to avoid the flooding of May 15, 2011 in Butte Larose, Louisiana. Small town of Butte Larose, is expected to be heavily flooded after the Army Corps of Engineers opened a spillway Morganza to divert not to give Flood waters reach New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
3. Measuring the level of flood water in Butte Larose, Louisiana to the apartment building May 15, 2011. If water reaches 27 feet, is expected to flood half of the nearby houses. Most town residents, Butte Larose pack things, going to move to higher ground.
4. Guy Creekmoor sits a boat to check the state of his flooded house in the neighborhood of Chickasaw May 12, 2011 in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
5. Jute Herbert stands near the water-level gauge in the doorway of his home May 15, 2011 in Butte Larose. It is assumed that the water level reaches 27 feet.
6. Elvis Kidd on the bridge, which he built, to get to their flooded homes 1st May 2011 in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
7. Flooded farmland near Tunica, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Governor Haley Barbour and other officials flew over the flood zone by helicopter to assess the damage.
8. Neighborhood of the dam, Morgan City, La., Thursday, May 12, 2011.
9. Bobby Gorman (left), his son Blake (center) and friend of Dylan Teague, trying to save the property from his flooded home 12 May 2011 near Vicksburg, Mississippi.
10. View of the Morganza spillway through the clouds, May 14, 2011, Louisiana.
11. Flooded corn field, May 13, 2011, Carter, Mississippi.
12. Flooded homes May 12, 2011 in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
13. Dam, which protects 10,000 acres of farmland in the Bunche Band, Louisiana, burst on Friday, May 13, 2011, during the inspection area floods from the air by the Governor and state officials.
14. Flooded houses in Vicksburg, Saturday, May 14, 2011.
15. Local residents walk along railroad tracks near the spillway Morganza May 14, 2011, Louisiana. Spillway will be opened for the first time in nearly 40 years to reduce water levels and the risk to New Orleans.
16.Otkryty gutter Morganza, Louisiana, May 14, 2011. Risk for New Orleans, where there are chemical plants and oil refinery, declined.
17. Water passes through the open gates of the spillway Morganza Atchafalaya River Basin, Sunday, May 15, 2011.
18. Barges on the River Atchafalaya, Sunday, May 15, 2011.
19. Louisiana National Guard soldiers to help build dams May 15, 2011 in Krotz Springs, Louisiana. An official ordered the evacuation of 2,000 residents of Krotz Springs and Melville, Louisiana.
20. Mary Uilyamas watches as her family members gather things for the evacuation of 15 May 2011 in Krotz Springs. She lives in this house since 1948.
21. Arion Ruffin, age 7, and her cousin Josh Ruffin, 3 years and eight years Alexis Rhodes in front of his house in Bayou Black Road, Louisiana, May 15, 2011. Their family bought the house in February, and now they are afraid of floods.
22. Ryder family and his dog are going to evacuate May 15, 2011 in Melville, Louisiana.
23. Mike Rhodes, 65, from Gunma, Louisiana, with sandbags on the fire station in Gibson, Louisiana. Many volunteers helping to prepare sandbags to make dams.
24. Photo taken May 9, 2011 in Vicksburg.
25. People during the evacuation of looking at the river Atchafalaya May 15, 2011 in Krotz Springs, Louisiana.
26. Brittany Ryder, 11 years old, oversees the evacuation of 15 May 2011 in Melville, Louisiana.
27. Houseboats are tied to a tree on the banks of the River Atchafalaya May 15, 2011. Residents of these homes will be evacuated in the next few days.
28. Lionel Lefler of the National Guard on duty at the dam, checking cars entering the city May 15, 2011 in Butte Larose, Louisiana. Entry is restricted to local residents who want to take the property.
29. Brenda Hinum, left, hugs his daughter Debra Emery, who is looking at his flooded house in Vicksburg, Monday, May 16, 2011. "We do not believe that this could happen. I so want to go home! "Says Emery.
30. Photo of flooded areas, provided by NASA, taken May 12, 2011 from the International Space Station.
31. Flooded Atchafalaya River at flood mark traffic in Simmerporte, Louisiana, May 16, 2011.
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