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May 15, 2011

Water: Morganza Spillway Opened for First Time Since 1973

Saturday afternoon the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened part of the Morganza spillway— a flood control structure in Louisiana along the Mississippi River– for the first time since 1973 (and for the just the second time since the spillway was constructed in the 1950s). The spillway was opened yesterday to help mitigate severe flooding in the Mississippi River system. Just one floodgate was opened. As needed, additional floodgates of …

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