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Morganza spillway opening postponed indefinitely

Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The opening of a Mississippi River spillway has been postponed indefinitely. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers based out of New Orleans say they will not operate the Morganza floodway on June 9th and they do not have an expected operating date.

This marks the third time the opening of the Morganza spillway in Louisiana has been postponed. While future weather events could impact Mississippi River levels, the Corps says they will continue to monitor the forecast daily as conditions can change. However, this brings good news for Mississippi farmers who  would have lost their crops due to the flooding brought on by the opening of the floodway

The expected crest at Morganza is on or about June 15, but it will then remain high for two weeks or more. Operation of the spillway will be a consideration until the Mississippi River crests and then begins to fall.

The Army Corps of Engineers will only operate the structure when needed as to not put additional water into the Atchafalaya Basin. This is the second time the

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