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Jindal: Threat of back water flooding lessened

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Posted: May 17, 2011 10:45 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 17, 2011 10:45 AM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Estimated water levels from the opening of the Morganza Spillway are being scaled back, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal.

During his daily briefing on flood-fighting efforts in the state, Jindal said water from the Spillway was moving much more slowly than anticipated. As a result, back water flooding was not expected to be as bad for portions of northern Louisiana.

He said water from the spillway would eventually make its way into the Atchafalaya River and raise its levels, but for now wasn't expected to reach Morgan City until possibly Friday.

Jindal said almost $11 million had been spent by the state on flood-fighting efforts, and that several levee reinforcements or sandbagging projects by the National Guard to protect people in the Atchafalaya Basin would be completed today.

So far, Jindal said 3,349 people had evacuated between St. Landry and St. Martin parishes, from both mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders. He said the Red Cross still had not been asked to open any temporary shelters, but they were still on standby if needed.

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