Posted: May 2, 2011 6:39 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 2, 2011 7:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said today he doesn't expect the Morganza Spillway will need to be opened to help relieve the rising Mississippi River.
Jindal made the statement today during his weekly legislative press conference. He said the Morganza spillway, which hasn't been opened since the early 1970's, was not part of any current plans to lower the river's level.
The Mississippi has been rising after strong rainfall that caused flooding in several Midwestern states. Officials expect the river to crest around Vicksburg, Miss. at its highest level since the 1930's around May 13.
State Rep. Major Tibaut, D-New Roads, says some landowners near the spillway have started removing cattle from areas around the levee, but he also doesn't expect it to be used except in a worst-case scenario.
If the spillway were opened it would drain water into the Atchafalaya River. The Corps of Engineers reported that if the spillway were needed, they were confident it would still be operational.