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Water spreading south of Morganza slower than expected

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Posted: May 17, 2011 5:11 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: May 17, 2011 5:11 PM
Source: WBRZ

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KROTZ SPRINGS - Water flowing south from the Morganza Spillway is spreading slower than expected.

At Three Mile Lake, near Krotz Springs, a dark green algae line marks where the water level has gone down more than an inch. The Corps of Engineers says that's because drough conditions are soaking up so much water it's not raising local water levels as quickly as expected.

Still, people who live on the lake are preparing for a flood.

"We know we're going to have a lot of water because we're not crazy. We see it coming from up north, but we have a totally different scenario than in 1973," Pierre Mistrot, said. "All we can hope for is that the dryness of the south will prevail and absorb hopefully 100 percent of the water."

The Corps of Engineers says the water is about three miles north of Highway 190. Flood maps show Krotz Springs and Three Mile Lake could get up to 10 feet of water.

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