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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Working to Reroute Mississippi River Flooding

Corps opens floodgates on Morganza Spillway. Flooding not as bad as feared, but still affects thousands

See video of the opening of the Morganza Spillway from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

On Saturday, May 14, the Corps opened a floodgate on the Morganza Spillway for the first time in nearly four decades. As a result, 3,000 square miles of farmland could be covered in about 25 feet of water.

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Some facts from the Corps of Engineers:

  • On May 9, just before it crested at Memphis, TN, the Mississippi River was moving approximately 2 million cubic feet a second (CFS). That translates to 14.9 million gallons of water a second
  • The system is being tested like never before in history.  But the flood Mississippi River and Tributaries Risk Reduction System is working as designed.

See the predicted and historic crest data from the Army Corps of Engineers, after the opening of the Morganza Spillway (immediately below), and before(bottom-dated 5/13):

 May 16 Crest map 

Crest map, 5/13 

The flooding has dealt a major blow to an already hard-hit region, one of America's most poverty-stricken.

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