14 May 2011

Butte LaRose, Louisiana


In order to keep the overflowing Mississippi River from flooding Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the government has decided to open the Morganza Spillway into rural Cajun country, displacing hundreds of people who live in Butte LaRose, Morgan City, and the towns surrounding the Morganza.
Something that astonishes me is the lack of reporting about the people living in the area, who are sacrificing much of their material posessions to save those of us in those cities downstream. Thankfully, we have something in this country called NPR, and they did a short report on the subject. And here's another one by the New York Times.

Two more openings in the Spillway will be opened tomorrow.

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