Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bonnet Carre Spillway Opening

The Bonnet Carre Spillway in Norco, LA has been opened in advance of the Mississippi River flood water that is now moving south of Memphis and headed for Louisiana. Reports say that there is more water in the river now than any other time in modern history, and it's coming this way. Later this week, officials also plan to open the Morganza Spillway, which will divert the river to the Atchafalaya Basin, flooding Morgan City instead of New Orleans.
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

If the Morganza Floodway is not opened to funnel 300,000 cubic feet per second of water from the Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya River basin, the additional water could cause levees to fail along the river from Morganza to Plaquemines Parish, including all of the New Orleans area, resulting in as much as 25 feet of floodwater, according to a map provided to state officials by the Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday.

Monday, May 9, 2011

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2011

This year's Jazz Fest was notable for being the first festival in nine years where it never rained on any day. The weather was gorgeous; low humidity, few clouds, cool breezes. (Nevermind that we're in a drought here and haven't seen rain in over 30 days.) Nevertheless, it was a blast. Thanks to Matt Goldman and Elise Gallinot for ensuring photographer's access this past Thursday.

Performers, top to bottom:
Amanda Shaw
Lucinda Williams
Little Freddie King
Robert "Bilbo" Walker
Fi-Yi-Yi and the Mandingo Warriors