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Louisiana towns put their faith in sandbags

Publié par Clifford Armion le 16/05/2011

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Tina Susman

"Reporting from Stephensville, La. More water gushed from additional floodgates opened Sunday to divert the swollen Mississippi River down a southern Louisiana floodplain, leaving residents of tiny towns in the water's path a grim choice: leave, or hope that the sandbags, levees and walls protecting them from inundation hold against the worst floods in decades. "Nancy Allen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans, said two more gates were lifted at the giant Morganza Spillway, some 40 miles north of Baton Rouge, which was put into operation Saturday for the first time since 1973. The spillway has 125 gates, and by Sunday evening four of them had been opened, sending 40,000 cubic feet of water per second rushing toward towns in the Atchafalaya River Basin." Read on...
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"Louisiana towns put their faith in sandbags", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2011. Consulté le 23/06/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/louisiana-towns-put-their-faith-in-sandbags