Jindal outlines potential flood plan
POSTED: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 5:25pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 9:42am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Governor Jindal just wrapped up a press conference with an update on the rising river levels. He says the conditions have worsened since Thursday, and the state is now expecting the worst, but hoping for the best.
"The situation has gotten worse since Thursday, because of additional rain in the lower Ohio River Valley," Governor Jindal said in a press confrence. "We are seeing more water headed our way. We know this water is coming to Louisiana. You can see by the dates of the different crests that it will get to Louisiana within the next two to three weeks."
Within the next 48 hours the Army Corps of Engineers expects to have a model to determine the potential threat to Louisiana. For the first time the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. That could happen as early as Monday, May 9.
Also, the Morganza Spillway could open. That has not happened since 1973.
Angola is another area the Governor spent a great deal of time discussing. A partial evacuation has been ordered. They are currently working to reinforce the levee, and have sent 125 tents, 1,500 law enforcement officers, a barge in case of evacuation, and buses for the possible evacuation of prisoners.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, the area of greatest concern is LSU and Brightside area. Sandbagging near that area has already begun.
Tomorrow Governor Jindal will fly over the levee system. Another press conference with an update on the rising river levels is scheduled for Thursday, May 5.