BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards has given an update on the high water levels of the Mississippi River and the possibility of opening the Morganza Spillway in Pointe Coupee Parish.
Photo Source: John Bel Edwards for Louisiana / MGN
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If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decides to open the Morganza Spillway in early, it would only be the third time in history the structure has been opened up to relieve the Mississippi River. It was previously opened in 2011 and 1973.
The Corps opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish, La., for the second time in the same year on May 10.
A new record for Mississippi River water levels in Baton Rouge was set on May 20.
May 20 marked 136 consecutive days at or above flood stage, breaking the record of 135 days established during the Great Flood of 1927.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is anticipating opening the Morganza Spillway due to forecasted rising water levels along the Lower Mississippi River over the next two week.
The Corps could start opening the spillway as early as June 2, if the latest river forecasts are accurate.
When the Morganza Spillway was opened in 2011 and 1973 it affected areas as far south as Morgan City.
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