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  • Morganza Spillway Officially Closed

    July 8, 2011 7:35 PM

    Outdoors-men are taking advantage of the Morganza Spillway being closed again. At the most, seventeen bays were open for the first time since 1973 to prepare for flood waters from the Mississippi River. Nathan Fulmer fishes in the Morganza Spillway every summer. "If we wanted to shoot everything, we... more »
  • Trash and Chemicals Surface with Flood Waters

    May 27, 2011 12:07 AM

    With rising flood waters comes another problem, trash and debris floating in that water. Litter and trash are an ongoing problem in Acadiana, but flood waters bring it to the surface. The Morganza Spillway hasn't been opened for 38 years, so just think about all the trash, pesticides and... more »
  • US 190 Speed Limit Reduced in Spillway Area

    May 19, 2011 6:24 AM

    KROTZ SPRINGS, La. (AP) - State officials have reduced the speed limit on a stretch of U.S. Highway 190 in hopes of reducing the danger of cars or trucks colliding with animals displaced by the opening of the Morganza Spillway gates. The usual 60-mile-per-hour speed limit between the towns of... more »
  • Slow opening of spillway continues in Louisiana

    May 15, 2011 1:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal authorities have announced plans to open two more gates of Louisiana's Morganza Spillway, increasing the diversion of Mississippi River water that will flood rural areas along the Atchafalaya River basin, while easing flood threats to Baton Rouge and, New Orleans. The first two massive Morganza... more »
  • LA Towns on Edge as Spillway Opens

    May 14, 2011 11:24 PM

    KROTZ SPRINGS, La. (AP) - Phones at the police department in the little south Louisiana town of Krotz Springs rang nonstop as residents they packed belongings and sought information on the opening of the Morganza Spillway. Saturday's opening of part of the spillway gate structure sent a rush of Mississippi... more »
  • LA Readies to Open Spillway, Flood Cajun Country

    May 14, 2011 2:12 PM

    MORGANZA, La. (AP) - Engineers prepared Saturday to slowly open emergency floodgates for the first time in nearly four decades, purposefully inundating farmlands and homes in Louisiana's Cajun country to drain the swelling Mississippi River. Across the countryside, people fled to higher ground, shored up levees that held the last... more »
  • Morgan City Outlines Flood Protection Plans

    May 12, 2011 11:26 PM

    The people of Morgan City filled the town's high school gym Thursday night hoping for more concrete answers about the flood and possible evacuations. Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte outlined a clear plan of the city's flood protection efforts. But even with all of the information, some questions still... more »
  • Residents in Butte La Rose Brace for Floods

    May 11, 2011 3:34 AM

    Many in Butte La Rose spent this past weekend packing up their camps, after officials urged residents to self-evacuate. Among those still moving things out Tuesday, was David Blansett, who wasn't packing up a camp, instead he was leaving his home. "We don't want to take a chance, we're... more »
  • Bonnet Carre Spillway: Watch Streaming Video

    May 8, 2011 8:08 PM

    Click here for a link to a live feed from the Bonnet Carre Spillway, which will be opened Monday morning at 8 a.m., to divert water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain.

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