Giving and taking at Birds Point.  Levees for Libertarians?

Giving and taking at Birds Point. Levees for Libertarians?

The Cape Girardeau-based Southeast Missourian has done a good job during this flood, and today published a news article mentioning flood easements. But it should have been on the Op-Ed page. While acknowledging the 80-year old history and controversy over compensating...

Floodways are for floods.

Floodways are for floods.

Check out this NASA image from today and consider whether blowing up the Birds Point Levee might lower record flood elevations at places other than Cairo. Only one major outlet I know of, the Wall Street Journal, got the Birds Point story right today, by mentioning...

Birds Point myths, and shame on the New York Times

Birds Point myths, and shame on the New York Times

Late last night the Army Corps of Engineers (COE) blew a hole in the Birds Point levee breaking windows (according to NPR) in a building where people living in the Birds Point – New Madrid Floodway had gathered to commiserate. Press coverage is terrible. Today a New...

Spectacular NY Times fail on Birds Point.

Spectacular NY Times fail on Birds Point.

Just as I finish a post on bad media coverage, the New York Times jumps in with a sad, example. Nothing against Mr. Bennett.  But he knows about flooding.  From the article: After growing up in the spillway,[sic, floodway] Mr. Allred left, working many jobs before...

Blowing up Birds Point.

Blowing up Birds Point.

  Sandbagging in Cairo, 1937 UPDATE:  Excellent post on this issue by TNC Scientist Jeff Opperman.  I’m interviewing a couple of people and will follow up later today (May 2).As promised, here are the best links I can find for news on the lower Mississippi...