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Unformatted text preview: increase in size IV. Mississippi River A. When the bend (Trumball's Bend) in Mississippi River was "cutoff" and left an oxbow lake and formed Old River; the Atchafalaya B. Therefore, the amount of water was 30% less going into the Mississippi River and rather into the Atchafalaya River C. This allows more salt water to come into New Orleans because the fresh water usually pushes out the salt water in New Orleans V. " Great Flood " A. 153 days of flood water readings (over flood stage) B. Average of over 30 feet of water in areas of flooding C. New Orleans got barely or no flooding because they made an artificial crevasse splay beyond New Orleans got barely or no flooding because New Orleans made an artificial crevasse splay beyond New Orleans (south of the city) D. The water then had an easier time flowing and flooding out areas south of New Orleans E. The Atchafalaya also helped stop the flooding of New Orleans...
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- Spring '99
- Mississippi River, River, Atchafalaya River C.