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Flooding hits Mississippi Delta

05-12-2011 18:44 BJT Special Report:Floods and Droughts of Summer 2011 |

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Flood water from the rain-swollen Mississippi River in the US have swamped evacuated neighborhoods and fields in the delta. The deluge is still pushing south towards Louisiana, bringing safety concerns to local residents and inconvenience to daily life.

It's not Venice, but boats have become the only way of transportation.

Floodwaters from the bloated Mississippi River have covered fields, washed over roads and forced people from their homes, bringing misery to poor, low-lying communities.

Flood water from the rain-swollen Mississippi River in the US have swamped
evacuated neighborhoods and fields in the delta.

Water has risen toward some of the highest levels on record, and the crest is still rolling slowly downstream. The deluge is expected to push all the way to New Orleans by late next week.

But a massive levee system, built after historic flooding in 1927, means residents of towns along the river can worry a little less about this year's flood than their ancestors. Engineers working on the levee are confident it can withstand the flood.

Kelly Greenwood, Chief Engineer, Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee, said, "Because it is a record event and people really got scared not knowing what we have out here to protect the delta. Remember, this levee system passed the '37 flood, which is our event of record, and it's had a lot of improvements since then, it's in much more better shape then."

Even if the levee keeps residents from worrying about their life safety, there are other problems.

Flood water from the rain-swollen Mississippi River in the US have swamped
evacuated neighborhoods and fields in the delta.

The flood water can potentially affect refineries near the river, there are growing concerns of rising fuel prices and disruption of supply chains.

The Ergon Oil Refinery in Vicksburg has already had to stop oil shipments using railways because of the water, and makeshift levees have been built around the company's more sensitive structures.

Ken Dillard, Ergon Inc., said, "We have many customers that are sole source and depend on our oil. It would have an effect downstream if these manufacturing facilities, if they were to lose, if we were to shut down and not be able to supply them with product."

At least ten refineries sit on the river itself. The Mississippi Delta currently has a population of nearly five hundred thousand and extends over three hundred kilometers from Tennessee to Mississippi.

Flood water from the rain-swollen Mississippi River in the US have swamped
evacuated neighborhoods and fields in the delta.

 

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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