Mississippi River Flooding & the KCS

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Mississippi River Flooding & the KCS

Postby Ridgefielder » Fri May 06, 2011 12:07 pm

Two questions for you folks, since I'm not familiar with the geography of this part of the South:

Will the Corps of Engineers plan to open the Morganza Spillway to allow Mississippi River overflow into the Atchafalaya affect the KCS line to New Orleans?

If the river gets away from the Corps at Old River Control and sends a much-larger-than-normal volume down the Atchafalaya, would the bridge at Simmesport hold, or could the structure become unsound?
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Re: Mississippi River Flooding & the KCS

Postby NYNE » Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:37 am

I saw the Morganza after it opened and it didn't have much of an impact. When they opened the gates they closed the road and railroad over the Morganza structure, but when they were finished the cars, trucks and trains kept rolling again. Here is a blog entry I did with a photo of a KCS freight waiting to go north: http://twentystates.blogspot.com/2011/0 ... siana.html As far as the fear of the river getting away from the Army Corps of Engineers, it didn't, as you know.
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