May 16, 2011

The Spillway

We've been blessed with a number of friends who live out of state or out of the country and many have contacted us regarding the news reports on the rising Mississippi River. We're happy to report that for now, we (and the rest of LaPlace) are sitting high and dry.

Since we had a bit of free time yesterday afternoon, we decided to make the short trip to the Bonnet Carre Spillway and check things out. Even though Damon narrates the video, we thought that an additional image may help put things in their proper context. On the image below, you'll notice where we live, denoted as "House" in red. The "A" marker is the location of the pavillion that is discussed in the video. We've also added red lines which show the spillway levees that are supposed to contain the flow of water, which heads from the river to the lake. Finally, we've also added "Spillway Bays" in red to denote the location where we went to view all of the action. The footage that was taken while we were driving is along the stretch of Airline Highway (61) between the spillway levees. If the image is too blurry, just click on it for the full size version, which should be a little easier to use.

Now that you know where all of this is happening, check out the footage.

Chad Ourso and his fiance, Alaina Chustz, went to the Morganza Spillway yesterday afternoon. His pictures are even more dramatic than the ones shared in the video above, but since the Morganza is so far away from us, we will leave coverage of it to the local media outlets.

Additional pictures of us playing at the pavilion area that is depicted in the video are here and here.

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