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The Flood of 2015



Old River Control Structure

Yesterday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Old River Control Structure for the first time since 2011. Built to prevent the Mississippi from diverting permanently to the Atchafalaya, the Corps opens the structure to release water from the flooded Mississippi. Below are several articles about the Structure from my archives.

The Atchafalaya Floodway: Part 1

The Flood of 2011 and the Atchafalaya Delta

The Ratio of the Atchafalaya to the Mississippi

Infrastructure–Old River Control

A Complete History of the Old River Control Structure and the Flood of 1973

The Corps will make decisions about opening the Morganza and Bonne Carre Floodways at the

In addition I am including articles on both floodways from 2011.

The Morganza Floodway Opened to Relieve Pressure on the Mainline Levees


Atachafalaya after Morganza Opening: Where the water goes; when does it get there.

The Bonnet-Carre DiversionStructure to Divert Water from the Mississippi North of New Orleans/


One Response

  1. Thanks for this, Quinta. I’ve just updated some bookmarks to follow the flooding, and I was thinking I needed to go back and refresh myself on some of the details.

    Happy New Year to you. We’ll hope it’s marked by fewer disasters and less trauma than previous years.

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