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Dec 14, 2011 5:58 AM by Sharlee Barriere

Atchafalaya Swells to Flood Stage

MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) - The Atchafalaya River has topped flood stage but is well short of levels that usually cause problems on the unprotected side of Morgan City's floodwall.
The Atchafalaya stood Tuesday at about 4 feet, according to measurements of the National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.
The river has risen almost a foot since Dec. 4.
The weather service says the rise is due to heavy rains in the Ohio and Tennessee valleys putting more water into the Mississippi River, which dumps some into the Atchafalaya.

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