The imminent flooding in Louisiana is heartbreaking.
For the moment I'm going to just be a conduit to ongoing coverage via The Dead Pelican - multi-aggregator of all things Louisiana, and also The Hayride, which is all over this.
Check this AP story.
NOLA has a flood map: estimates of flood times once the spillway is opened.
In an agonizing trade-off, Army engineers said they will open a key spillway along the bulging Mississippi River as early as Saturday and inundate thousands of homes and farms in parts of Louisiana's Cajun country to avert a potentially bigger disaster in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.About 25,000 people and 11,000 structures could be in harm's way when the gates on the Morganza spillway are unlocked for the first time in 38 years.
What a lousy choice for Governor Jindal to have to make: flood thousands of rural farms and families, or save Baton Rouge and New Orleans. When the Morganza spillway opens in the next 24 to 36 hours...Sad, sad. No words.
This flood is epic. It's painfully reminiscent of the 1927 flood. Look at these pictures. Epic.