Corps recommends opening spillway to divert Mississippi

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' New Orleans office is recommending that water from the rising Mississippi River be diverted to keep pressure off the New Orleans levee system.

Col. Mike Clancy said a diversion structure - the Bonnet Carre spillway - will be partially opened beginning Thursday once a final decision is made. The structure diverts some of the river's water into Lake Pontchartrain.

Clancy told reporters the final decision will come after Gov. John Bel Edwards and other officials are briefed.

The river has been rising rapidly after rains upriver have fed the Mississippi and its tributaries.

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