St. Paul, MN—May 12, 2011—OceanGrafix, the first and only company to offer NOAA print-on-demand (POD) nautical charts, announced today that it is offering free, large format copies of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers map that contain the latest Louisiana flooding estimates. These maps depict the area along the Mississippi River and the Atchafalaya River basins, assuming the Bonnet Carre Spillway would be opened at 100 percent of capacity and the Morganza Spillway flow would be at 50 percent of capacity.
“When we saw that the Army Corps had released this latest map of expected inundation, we wanted to take it a step further,” explains OceanGrafix President Ron Walz. “Using our printing technology, we can create large format, hard copy maps of this area to help people clearly see the anticipated flooding, so they can plan accordingly. This entire region is being hit hard, and we want to do what we can to help.”
In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal said as many as 3 million acres could be affected by the flooding. Some 500 National Guard members have been mobilized and 21 parishes have issued emergency declarations. The river's crest is expected to begin arriving in Louisiana next week.
Maps are available on behalf of OceanGrafix and must be picked up in person at Tideland, Inc. in Morgan City, La. or McCurnin Nautical in Metairie, La. Tideland can be contacted by calling 985-384-2724 and McCurnin can be reached at 504-888-4500.
St. Paul, Minnesota–based OceanGrafix (http://www.oceangrafix.com) is the first and only company to offer NOAA print-on-demand nautical charts for recreational and commercial boaters. Working in partnership with NOAA, the company ensures distribution of the most accurate, up to date NOAA paper charts.
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