Archive for March 25th, 2009

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Louisianna: Flooding Danger

2009/03/25

4 Germinal CCXVII (25 March 2009), Gambettaville, New Navarra.

Flood fears rise along northern rivers.

The Guard National detachment of Gambettaville planned to use rock salt and explosives to blow up a huge ice jam on the Mizouri River near their home city on Wednesday in an unusual effort to control the floodwaters threatening low-lying areas of the city.

Cecilia Foulard of the New Navarran Prefectoral Office said that for the first time since it was built over 50 years ago, the flood waters would be held in the jointly operated Barrage Gambetta to try to contain flooding. NAL-SLC officials were unavailable for comment.

An earlier report that the ice jam had broken was false. The Bureau National Météorologique had reported the jam broken, and warned of a rush of 1 to 2 feet of water toward Gambettaville and cities down the Mizouri. Météorologue Josué Chaumier said the weather service is leaving a flood warning in place for residents of communes bordering the Mizouri and other local rivers.

Officials already had called for more volunteers to help with sandbagging as record amounts of water poured into the Mizouri River from its tributaries.

A military zeppelin carried a detonation team hovered over the Missouri River to assess the situation. Mlle. Foulard said they planned to lay rock salt along the river ice to create a channel and then place explosives in it to break up the jam.

Some of the huge chunks of ice as big as cars broke loose from the Heart River and flowed into the Mizouri near Mandâne.

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Election Difficulties in Louisianne

2009/03/25

3 Germinal CCXVII (24 March 2009) Saint-Louis, Louisianne

It was announced today at the Prefectoral Capital in Saint-Louis that the results of the parliamentary elections for the new Prefect of Saint-Louis were dead-locked, and that a new primary must be held in 30 days’ time. Clear winner Claire Miquasquille is not required to re-run in the primary, but Messieurs Emmanuel Boucher, Fils and Jérémy Narbonòsc must both stand in the primary.

Typically such primary results requires all three candidates to re-run, but an emergency ruling from the Tribunal de la République at Paris-sur-Mizouri declared that only Messieurs Boucher and Narbonòsc must re-run, each having tied with 23% of the vote. Had the race been closer, they said, Mme. Miquasquille would have been required to run as well. The National Assembly is expected to draft legislation for the Prefects who will be meeting for a month in Prairial (May/June).

Messieurs Boucher and Narbonòsc were quick to state that they intend to continue their bid, and have been visiting with key members of the prefectoral Parliament to this end.

Supporters of Mme. Miquasquille are quick to add, when asked, that this is by no means a sure sign that she’ll win. “She’ll have to court those MP’s who didn’t vote for her or the winner of the new primary,” said Yvainne de l’Orme, Press Secretary for Mme. Miquasquille. “The campaigning isn’t over, and public opinion matters much, as the legislators are often bombarded with letters to this end during these election years.”