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Comment: 24:06 - 25:06 (01:00)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 20. Running Water II: Landscape Evolution
Keywords: "Douglas D. Rhodes", "Old River", dam, "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers", "Old River Control Project", river, "Mississippi River", "Atchafalaya River", flood, windstorm, wave

Our transcription: Life around Old River is generally peaceful now.
Even more important, the world below Old River carries on normally.
Many here are unaware of their upstream fortress.
It would take an extraordinary amount of water to test these Structures and the will of the Army Corps of Engineers, but rivers are capable of extraordinary things.
Our ability to control nature, and in particular, our ability to control rivers is limited.
We may be successful for a short period of time, a year, five years, ten, maybe even 25 years, but there's always a larger flood out there.
There's always a bigger windstorm.
There's always higher waves than the ones we've encountered before.
And when we place ourselves and our lives in the path of these processes, it's only a matter of time until we can expect to see the adverse effects.

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