that lawless stream

image:  Two views of the Mississippi River. Left: the meander paths of the Mississippi over time, as published in “Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River” (Fisk, 1944). Right: The Army Corps of Engineers’ view of Mississippi River peak flow rates during a maximum 1-in-500 year “Project Flood” (U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, 1958.) The places outlined in red are where the Corps has built flood control structures capable of diverting a portion of the Mississippi’s flow. (source: weather underground blog)

A wave is making it’s way down the Mississippi from the Ohio river valley to the mighty American river’s delta in Mississippi and Louisiana.  It’s crested at 48 feet, significantly higher than any other crest in history, and the water is moving at 2 million cubic feet per second.  The Army Corp is opening levees and floodwalls built 50 years ago to control the river.  The opened spillways allow water to fill designated flood plains adjacent to the surging river and lower the crest and speed of the deadly wave.

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