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Army Corps announced that for 1st time in 38 yrs it will open Morganza Spillway. #flooding

Army Corps to open Morganza Spillway Posted on May 14, 2011 | Filed Under: Floods & Floodplains , Restoring Rivers , Small Streams & Wetlands Shana Udvardy Director, Flood Management Policy View the Corps press conference on the system-wide operation of the Mississippi River & Tributaries project at right. The Army Corps of Engineers announced Saturday that for the first time in 38 years it will open the Morganza Spillway . The goal is to ease pressure on Mississippi River levees and save New Orleans and Baton Rouge from disastrous flooding. The decision could impact 25,000 people and 11,000 structures in the spillway, but the consequences would be far worse for the region if Morganza remained closed. With rivers and flooding in the national spotlight, American Rivers renewed its call to the Obama Administration and Congress to improve flood management and policies that en...

Full article: http://www.americanrivers.org/newsroom/blog/army-corps-to...

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