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Jindal "confident" Morganza will open this weekend

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Posted: May 13, 2011 12:15 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 13, 2011 12:15 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal said he was "extremely confident" the Morganza Spillway would be opened either Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

Jindal moved up his scheduled press conference after talking to the commander in charge of opening the Morganza, and said they could get to the point necessary to open it in 24 hours.

"We do not have official notification, the actual decision may not come until tomorrow," Jindal said. "We expect to get the call the decision has been made, and the spillway to be opened shortly thereafter. We do not expect many hours of advance notification."

Jindal said the Corps will slowly open the Morganza when the order is given, likely one or two bays per day until the spillway is half open.

He said people in the spillway's northern flood zone should start evacuating if they've been told to by local officials.

"Now is the time for action," he said.

Jindal said National Guard members and sheriff's deputies were going door-to-door in parishes that would be affected and warning people to start evacuating. He said public shelters, transportation, medications, and other assistance would be available for people who need it.

We'll have more on this decision coming up on News 2 at 5 and 6.

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