SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Army Corps of Engineers press conference live blog

Saturday, Apr 30, 2011

* Highlights…

No final decision has been made to blow the fuseplug levee in Missouri. Explosive-laden barges are being moved to the levee and will arrive at 9:30 tonight, or so. They’re taking this one step at a time. After the barges arrive, they have three more steps to go (move barges into final place, charge the explosives, then explode them).

Cairo’s mayor has issued a mandatory evacuation by midnight tonight.

The water gauge is at 59.1 feet in Cairo. 59.5 is the record. But the general in charge of the operation says he’s not so much worried about the levee being overtopped as he is about seepage and, particularly, those nasty sandboils that are continually forming in Cairo. Another press conference has been scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Check back.

* General Walsh also spoke at Cairo today. Watch

* Presser live blog…

…Adding… How about yet another version?

Water’s gonna overflow
Swamp’s gonna rise
No boat’s gonna row

- Posted by Rich Miller   Comments Off      


*** UPDATED x1 - Explosives moved upriver *** Appeals court denies Missouri injunction motion

Saturday, Apr 30, 2011

* From the 8th Circuit Appellate Court..

Appellants’ motion for injunction pending appeal has been considered by the court, and the motion is denied.

* Wall Street Journal coverage

The U.S. Appeals Court in St. Louis on Saturday denied a request by Missouri’s attorney general for an injunction to prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from opening up an emergency floodway to ease near-record flooding on the Mississippi River.

On Friday, a U.S. district court had rejected the state’s motion for a temporary restraining order against the move, which would send a quarter of the Mississippi’s flow coursing over 130,000 acres of prime farmland and homes of some 200 people.

Major Gen. Michael Walsh, president of the Mississippi River Commission and a top officer with the Corps, has said he can’t be sure whether he will activate the floodway to reduce pressure on levees and protect surrounding towns amid expected record flooding at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Earlier this week, he ordered the Corps to bring barges with explosives and other materials to the area from Memphis, Tenn. […]

Saturday morning, the Ohio River was within inches of the 59.5-foot record set in the 1937 flood at Cairo, Ill. The river is expected to crest on May 3 at one foot over the record and stay there for several days, according to the National Weather Service. That would strain levees in places such as Cairo and Hickman, Ky.

* From a reader…

Rich,

Some info to help the folks in Cairo:

The current stage in Cairo is 59 ft on the Ohio River. That is equivalent to an elevation of appx. 330 ft. The forecast crest is equivalent to an elevation of appx. 331.5 ft. Most of Cairo has an elevation of between 310 and 315 feet.

Bottom line if the levee were to fail: Cairo would be under 15 to 20 feet of water. (That would be over the second story on most buildings.)

Please pass this on to anyone who might be able to use it. They may feel free to contact me. (I formerly worked for the Illinois State Geological Survey and lived in the area. I worked in Alexander County during the 1993 flood.)

Thanks for all the info on the Missouri floodway; you saved me a lot of search time.

Mike Phillips
Geology Professor, IVCC
mike_phillips@ivcc.edu

*** UPDATE - 1:10 pm *** We’ll know more later this afternoon

Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh has given the order to move barges carrying 265 tons of explosives upriver in Kentucky from Hickman to Wickliffe, putting them in position to blow the Birds Point levee in Mississippi County, Mo. But corps officials said the general has yet to decide whether he will blow the levee and will re-evaluate the situation Sunday.

“We are moving the barges to Wickliffe, Ky., and they are going to hold there,” spokesman Jim Pogue said. “We’re essentially at 24 hours out of operating the floodway, but essentially in a holding plan.”

Walsh, a top commander at the Corps, has decided to move to the next step in the process, but Pogue said it was not indicative of whether Walsh was leaning toward fully activating the plan, which would divert floodwaters through approximately 130,000 acres of spillway mostly in Mississippi County.

Walsh is expected to address the media at 4 p.m. today at the Corps’ joint operations center in Sikeston. Pogue said he will give an update and field questions from reporters.

…Adding… Aerial video of Cario-area flooding

 

* Related…

* Response of State of Illinois to Missouri’s motion for injunction pending appeal

* Arlan Juhl Affidavit 1

* Arlan Juhl Affidavit 2

* Battling Nature on the River - The past week’s raging waters along the Mississippi are hardly unprecedented. The great flood of 1927 was far worse—and we still haven’t applied its lessons.

* And another version

You’re gonna have to find yourself
Another best friend somehow

- Posted by Rich Miller   Comments Off      


PREVIOUS POSTS »
* Shimkus loses out on plum post
* Moody's says Rauner veto is just one of many problems facing CPS
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Lawsuit filed over legislator pay
* The "green energy" side of the Exelon bill
* Caption contest!
* How is this "breaking our agreement"?
* Positioning, practicalities and politics weigh heavily against a House override
* Report: A decade to reach solvency, if leaders cooperate on tough plan
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Rauner goes into the lion's den
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* [TA Deals] Get started with Linux at a steep discount
* Beddit 3 knows if you’ve been sleeping. It knows if you’re awake.
* Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Best Android tablets
* Study finds 99 percent of counterfeit Apple chargers bought online fail ‘basic’ safety tests
* The best apps, games, and movies of 2016 according to Google
* No dual rear camera for Samsung Galaxy S8 after all, Weibo tipster foretells
* Mobvoi Ticwatch 2 review

* White Sox plans could clear up at Meetings
* Garcia among White Sox non-tender options
* White Sox plans could clear up at Meetings
* Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal
* Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal
* In-market deals? Chicago clubs address report
* Garcia among White Sox non-tender options

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Democrats sue Illinois comptroller Leslie Munge.....
* State legislators sue comptroller for holding u.....
* Health insurance costs could double for SIU emp.....
* Illinois House lacks votes to override Chicago .....
* Democratic lawmakers sue comptroller to end pay.....
* John Cullerton stumbles, and Bruce Rauner pounc.....
* Illinois House lacks votes to override Chicago .....
* Group of Illinois legislators sues state over n.....
* Illinois Legislators Sue to Stop Coercive Raune.....


* Illinois lawmakers sue to get paid despite state budget mess
* Illinois school districts increasingly rely on tax funding
* Illinois House lacks votes to override Chicago school veto
* Victim dies 9 years after beating, charge upgraded to murder
* Police: Rockford drug bust may be largest in city history
* 3 dead after wrong-way crash on I-88 in suburban Chicago
* Early Jewish residents in Quincy were successful merchants
* Illinois National Guard to mark anniversaries with cake
* Electronic road signs are dark near Effingham due to budget
* Index that tracks Illinois economy drops in November

* Electronic road signs are dark near Effingham due to budget
* State lawmakers vote to spare 2 nuclear plants
* Legislature OKs Exelon subsidy plan, goes to Rauner
* Rauner: No more stopgap budgets without property tax freeze, term limits
* Illinois shutters nation's last prison roundhouse
* Clinton nuclear plant has history of cost, job uncertainty
* AFSCME files lawsuit over labor contract
* Rauner to Dems: No budget without term limits, property tax freeze
* AFSCME files suit over labor contract
* Rauner, leaders meet again, but still no progress

* John Wilson, founder of art expo that began Navy Pier's revival, dies at 82
* Trump voter lost her home to new Treasury secretary
* CEO shuffle at Presence Health
* DRW's Don Wilson takes the witness stand with career on the line
* Is PrivateBancorp's sale doomed?


* Jonathan Toews to miss fifth straight game with back injury
* Fantasy Fool: Week 13 Starters and Benchwarmers
* PODCAST: Should the Bears tank Sunday?
* Second prostitution arrest in past 7 months at Batavia spa
* Complaint filed against judge who let former law clerk hear cases
* Complaint filed against judge who let former law clerk hear cases
* Rahm Emanuel creates $1 million legal fund to assist immigrants
* Man seriously hurt in Chatham shooting
* Group of Illinois legislators sue state over not getting paid
* Linda Chavez: Keeping an open mind about Trump’s puzzling style


* Democratic lawmakers sue comptroller to end paycheck delay during budget impasse
* No initial signs of foul play after body recovered from Sylvan Lake near Mundelein
* Riverwalk architect learned environmental lessons early, in Peace Corps
* 3 dead after driver hits car going wrong way on I-88: 'Is this for real?'
* Cook County judge who let clerk hear cases is deemed 'mentally unable' to do job
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 12/2/16
* Convicted Aurora murderer wants 105-year sentence thrown out
* Residents line up to see wildfire-ravaged city; 13 dead
* Ex-Bears pull no punches in criticizing team, but no friction like Rams have
* Joe McKnight shooting: Suspect released, police still investigating


The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.


* Electronic road signs are dark near Effingham due to budget
* State lawmakers vote to spare 2 nuclear plants
* Legislature OKs Exelon subsidy plan, goes to Rauner
* Our View: This Week’s Thumbs up/Thumbs Down
* Rauner: No more stopgap budgets without property tax freeze, term limits
* Illinois shutters nation's last prison roundhouse
* Clinton nuclear plant has history of cost, job uncertainty
* AFSCME files lawsuit over labor contract
* Rauner to Dems: No budget without term limits, property tax freeze
* AFSCME files suit over labor contract


* Volunteers needed for Christmas bird count
* Livestock producers seek new nutrient sources in time of low prices
* Carbondale Lights Fantastic Parade set for Saturday; city announces road closures
* 12-02-16 Jim Turpin with Jim Nowlan on Illinois politics
* Noon update: Foot of snow possible in Hawaii, some in Q-C
* As a community, Peoria braced for war even before Pearl Harbor
* 12-02-16 Jim Turpin with Marian Wyatt and the Centennial Expressions @char_gers
* 12-02-16 Penny for Your Thoughts
* UPDATE: Adult treated as a result of Champaign home fire
* Illinois House lacks votes to override Chicago school veto


* Marine recruiter believed to be among 3 dead in wrong-way crash on I-88 in Naperville
* Police: Body found in lake near Mundelein
* Bach: 'Rational arguments' favor NHL going to Pyeongchang
* Bills WR Watkins expected to play vs. Oakland
* Seven ways to upgrade your gym bag

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Senators drafting bill to limit Trump-era ......
* Dick Durbin Says Goodbye To Mark Kirk - FO......

* Dick Durbin Says Goodbye To Mark Kirk - FO......

* Not enough votes for democracy in the Illinois legislature.
* Tony at the Red Line Tap.
* Patrick T. Stanton appointed to 3rd Subcircuit vacancy
* Where's Weyermuller? At Black Friday Protest on Chicago's Mag Mile
* Exelon bailout passes Illinois House and Senate
* Kelly’s advice for Trump: ‘Rise above it’
* Morning Minute: U.S. economy adds jobs, unemployment rate falls to nine-year low
* Strike at O’Hare.
* Zombies in Washington (an art project).
* Thorner: All-star Heartland panel discuss importance of breaking the Democratic Super House Majority (Part 2)


* Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Brings Lowest Fatality Rate In Six Years
* Stateville Correctional Center’s F House Officially Closed
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* IEMA Highlights Safety during the Holidays - Encourages holiday shoppers to give preparedness gifts this year
* Statement on the Future Energy Jobs Bill




      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller