The Morganza Spillway has just been opened. However, it will take several days for the water to move down the Atchafalaya River Basin and out to the Gulf. Here is a map showing the timeline of water movement. One of the main worries is backwater flow, which you can see is when the water flows backwards into low-lying areas, in the opposite direction of the primary flow. Our program site (near Chauvin, LA) lies in the cyan-colored region– the water will take at least 6 days to get there, if it gets there at all.
About The Bayou Blog
Becca Bayham is a rising senior at Duke. She hails from St. Louis, MO and is studying environmental science and earth & ocean science. During the school year, she blogs for DukeResearch.
Tuana Phillips is a rising junior studying environmental science. She also happens to be awesome.
Becca and Tuana are blogging about their experiences volunteering in coastal Louisiana as part of DukeEngage (a summer service program sponsored by Duke University). More about our projects and DukeEngage in general.