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All Eyes on the Morganza Spillway

Morganza Spillway Floodwater Depth Projections
US Army Corps of Engineers Map

Opening the Morganza Spillway in Point Coupee Parish to protect our Mississippi River levees could mean we’ll see floodwaters 5 to 25 feet deep in seven Acadiana Parishes. Some of the biggest floodwater concerns are near the St. Francisville area.  Up to five feet of floodwaters are expected in Houma and Morgan City, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

The corps is scheduled to open the Morganza Spillway on Thursday.  If the spillway is indeed opened, state officials say we can expect floods like those back in 1973 which is the last time the spillway was used to divert water from the Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya River.

Read the full AP Story here.  An interesting look at the history of the Bonnet Carre Spillway can be found here.

We’ll keep you posted on 99.9 KTDY and here @ www.999ktdy.com with the most updated information on flooding concerns here in Acadiana.

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