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Spillway of swollen Mississippi River open near New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS (KWWL) -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened a major spillway near New Orleans for the first time in years, seeking to decrease the flow of the swollen Mississippi River.

Mississippi Valley rain has sent the river to its highest stages since 2011, the last time the Bonnet Carre spillway was opened.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu praised the spillway for safeguarding the city Sunday.

The National Weather Service said the river was cresting Sunday at Tunica, Mississippi, and Helena, Arkansas, amid reports of some flooding in low-lying areas near Vicksburg and Natchez in Mississippi.

The spillway was built 28 miles upriver from New Orleans after a devastating 1927 flood as a relief valve to send diverted waters eventually to the Gulf of Mexico.

(Information provided by the Associated Press...)


 

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