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Corps addresses residents about Morganza Spillway opening

Posted at 11:04 AM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 12:22:00-04

MORGAN CITY, La. – The Army Corps of Engineers talked about the opening of the Morganza Spillway this morning at Morgan City High School.

Last night, they spoke with residents of Butte La Rose about the possible flooding.

The Morganza Spillway is a safety valve for the Old River Control Structure, which keeps the Mississippi River in place. In short, the Mississippi is so high that to guarantee the integrity of the control structure the water has be diverted into the Atchafalaya Basin, the natural Mississippi spillway.

The spillway has been opened only twice before: most recently in 2011, and for the first time in 1973.