Public hearings over Morganza spillway this week
BATON ROUGE - The Corps of Engineers scheduled two public hearings this week in south Louisiana to discuss changes to how the Morganza spillway is operated during another possible flood.
The spillway was opened in 2011 to help alleviate historic flood conditions on the Mississippi River. After the flood, the Corps developed clarifications for the instructions to open the Morganza flood control.
This week's meetings are being held to update people about those proposed instructions and get public input. People interested in seeing the proposals before the meeting can find them on the Corps of Engineers' website, or call the New Orleans District office at 504-862-1759.
The first meeting is tonight at the Morgan City Auditorium from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Another meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2 in Baton Rouge at the Capitol Park Welcome Center on River Road, also from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.