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Effects of the spillway's opening in Baton Rouge

Monday, May 16, 2011 - 6:24am

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) - With the opening of the Morganza spillway, the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge is expcected to crest at 45 feet on Tuesday. That's compared to the forecast of 47.5 feet next Monday.

The spillway diverts water from the Mississippi river to the Atchafalaya Basin. It limits flood damage in big cites like Baton Rouge and New Orleans, but it inundates thousands of acres of farmland and forces thousands to higher ground.

Mayor President Kip Holden says even though the water's lower, some seepage and minor flooding is still possible. The Department of Public Works will keep monitoring the levee and nearby streets to make sure everything is as safe as possible.

The Baton Rouge Police Department says all traffic is still prohibited on the levee. That includes foot, bicycle, and vehicles.

The restriction will stay in place until further notice.

Mississippi Rising

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