Your site is the second one that I have emailed and I have no idea whom I should get this in front of or how to get the message out, but I am certain that it could help reduce some of the Flooding thats going on in the news.
I know this may sound a little silly, but I lived on a boat that had over 900 horsepower and just for fun, while tied up in the bayou we would run up the engines and churn up some serious water & mud from the bottom. Seeing some pictures of tugboat races and such, I know you understand what type of power we are talking about.
My idea is this.
Place MANY large tugs tied to the shoreline along the river downstream of the flood, I’m certain the line would have to make it all the way to the Gulf of Mexico (Lake Winnipeg in the case of the Red River). It would be expensive but very plausible. This would speed up the water which would allow room for the floodwater to move on downstream. Of course as the flood got nearer the tugs they might have to break away and move on downstream.
A few burned up engines to help save a few towns seems like a rather good trade.