Governor warns about backwater flooding

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Posted: May 4, 2011 4:19 PM
Updated: May 4, 2011 4:19 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: baton rouge, governor, bobby, jindal, state, backwater, flooding, mississippi, river, louisiana, wbrz

BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says the state is preparing for backwater flooding in areas along Louisiana's Mississippi River tributaries, in addition to record water levels on the river itself.

Morgan City is one area vulnerable to backwater flooding.

Jindal says water is already overtopping the outer levee in some areas along the river, but is not expected to overtop the inner levees.

The Army Corps of Engineers is working to reinforce levees and add height where necessary. It is still likely that the Corps will open the Bonnet Carre Monday, but no decision has been made about Morganza.

Jindal activated the state National Guard Tuesday and requested federal guardsmen to assist with around-the-clock levee inspections, as well as evacuations and response.

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