May 4th, 2011 at 3:20 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, WTHI Blog
With news of levee failures near Lawrenceville and Prairieton, as well as in Daivess County, there is renewed debate on the role levees play in flood control. Just recently, the Army Corps of Engineers blew a levee along the Mississippi to save the little town of Cairo from disastrous flooding.
The purpose of a levee is to artificially control flooding rivers and big streams. Some are agricultural levees, built mainly of earth. These levees typically protect farmland from flooding. Urban levees are constructed to protect towns and other financial interests such as malls and housing developments. These levees can be earthen, concrete or steel.
The debate stems from the question of whether levees serve a useful purpose or whether the rivers should be allowed to flood naturally. It is, by the way, this natural flooding that helped create the rich farmland we find along the rivers. While levees do help control flooding, a levee failure can lead to even more catastrophic damage. Perhaps this is because, people with interests along the levees feel a sense of security, which can be false.
I’ll leave it up to you as to whether you think levees are a good idea or not. Perhaps the words of Mark Twain can be of help. (The Mississippi) “cannot be tamed, curbed or confined…you cannot bars its path with an obstruction which it will not tear down, dance over and laugh at. The Mississippi River will always have its own way, no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise.”
May 1st, 2011 at 4:35 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Weather
It appears May is picking up where April left off. Rain! The threat for rain isn’t as great as is was last week, but any rain at this point is certainly unwelcome. Perhaps the latter part od May will bring us sunshine and drying conditions!
April 30th, 2011 at 4:34 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Weather
Another front is moving toward us, and that will bring us the possibility of rain and gusty wind. Scattered thunderstorms are possible. Between midnight Saturday and Monday midnight, we could get another inch of rain or so.
April 28th, 2011 at 10:33 am by Kevin Orpurt under Weather
After days and days of rain, we can look forward to Friday and Saturday as being rain-free. There will be another chance for rain on Saturday night, so be prepared for that. Local flooding will continue due to the continued threat for rain this weekend.
April 24th, 2011 at 4:10 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Weather
Rain will continue to be in the forecast for the next few days, adding to flooding concerns. A few thundershowers are possible, but the main concern is heavy rain. If you live in a flood-prone area, have a plan.
April 24th, 2011 at 10:26 am by Kevin Orpurt under Weather, WTHI Blog
Additional rainfall is expected today and tonight. Thunderstorms are possible. High today, 70. Low tonight 54. High Sunday, 64. DO NOT drive through water that is covering a road. That’s dangerous!
April 23rd, 2011 at 3:03 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Weather
A cold front lodged near the Ohio River is responsible for the unsettled weather we’re having. Concerning the chance for severe weather, it is not impossible, but I think any severe weather will be isolated. The overall threat is rain…and, perhaps, lots of it.
April 22nd, 2011 at 4:13 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, WTHI Blog
Earlier this afternoon, the whole of Terre Haute, and perhaps Vigo County, was shaken by an explosive boom of thunder. Certainly, thunder is typical in storms, but this crash was distinctive. One of the reasons the thunder was so loud had to do with the thick covering of clouds we had, and an brisk wind. Like debris, wind can carry sound. The clouds compress the sound between the Earth and the clouds, causing a sort of ‘air concussion’. Of course, the lightning strike that caused the thunder was rather close. Not all thunder occurs under such favorable conditions. I must say, the thunder we heard this afternoon was remarkable.
April 21st, 2011 at 2:53 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, WTHI Blog
I haven’t played the ‘hide and seek’ game for a long time (except when my boss is looking for me)! I think, however, I’m going to start playing again….in my yard. Certainly the clumps of crabgrass are now tall enough to hide behind, and if I stand very still, I could probably blend in with a couple of dandelions. It was dry today, but rain moves back in later tonight and tomorrow. That’s probably not enough time to get my grass chain-sawed down to a desirable level. In the meantime, I guess I’ll just make the best of it and play hide and seek. Anyone else have this problem?
April 21st, 2011 at 10:56 am by Kevin Orpurt under Weather
After sunset tonight, the chance for showers and thundershowers will increase. We can expect this rain through Monday. Maybe not rain all day, every day, but enough to aggravate rivers and streems.