Posted: May 7, 2011 2:36 PM
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS- The Army Corps of Engineers says opening the Morganza spillway could pour out floodwaters anywhere from 5 to 25 feet deep in seven parishes. A map indicates the deepest waters would be near St. Francisville, with up to five feet in Houma and Morgan City.
The Corps has not said it will open the spillway. State officials say that whether or not it is opened, people can expect floods like those in 1973. That's when the spillway was last used to divert water from the Mississippi River to the Atchafalaya, relieving pressure on levees from Baton Rouge downriver.
A news release sent late Friday and again Saturday encourages people in Pointe Coupee, St Landry, St Martin, Iberia, Iberville, St Mary, and Terrebonne parishes to get evacuation information from local officials.