Flood control structure opened along Mississippi
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says its opening a flood control structure roughly 50 miles northwest of Baton Rouge as Louisiana deals with a rising Mississippi River.
The Old River Overbank Structure is part of the Old River Control Complex that distributes water between the Mississippi and the Atchafalaya River. The Overbank Structure was being opened Wednesday in anticipation of higher river levels on the Mississippi.
Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Wednesday as part of the state's preparation for high water expected to pose flood threats the coming days along the Mississippi and Red rivers and other waterways. He and Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards were to meet in the afternoon with emergency officials.