Army Engineers to open key Louisiana spillway

Reuters – Authorities will start opening a key spillway by early Saturday evening to relieve the swollen Mississippi River and avoid flooding Louisiana’s two largest cities although potentially swamping thousands of homes and acres of crops. Louisiana state officials said in a statement at 5 p.m. CDT on Friday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would open the Morganza Spillway “during the next 24 hours.” Christina Stephens, a spokeswoman for Louisiana’s office of homeland security, said officials in affected areas were going door to door to notify residents in areas likely to be flooded by diverted waters. Read Article