Army Corps of Engineers begins closing Morganza Spillway
Louisiana's Morganza Spillway was opened this month to divert excess Mississippi River water to the Atchafalaya River basin.
May 25th, 2011
05:02 PM ET

Army Corps of Engineers begins closing Morganza Spillway

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has begun closing some bays of Louisiana's Morganza Spillway, which was opened earlier this month to divert excess Mississippi River water from heavily populated areas like New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

The opening of 14 bays sent the excess water to the Atchafalaya River basin - a less populated area of south-central Louisiana. More than 3,000 people were evacuated in the St. Landry and St. Martin parishes because of the spillway's opening.

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  1. jomamma

    @cesar: angiedaddy

    May 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr. Smart hired a bum

    We should hire "the homeless" to shore up the Mississippi. A few girls might go missing along with a boy or two, but what the heck. Consider the money we could save. Bums will work for next to nothing. Most of them already get food stamps and even social security disability. But that's not enough to support their habits, so they work on the side or panhandle. (signing) And they are everywhere...like zombies. wtg dad

    May 26, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    @Mr. Smart:

    Your solution is...different. And so are you.

    May 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Observer1290

    Obama is either a liar or insane.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSYslCRoX7k&w=640&h=360]

    May 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
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