Officials: Mississippi river to crest at record levels

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 10:31pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) South Louisiana residents being told to brace themselves and to get ready for the possibiilty of severe flooding.

Forecasters predict the Mississippi River to crest at record levels later this month, and officials say the results could be more flooding than what Louisiana experienced in 1927.

Governor Bobby Jindal says the state is prepared to withstand the test.. He declared a State of Emergency last week activating the National Guard.

"The situation has gotten worse since Thursday because of additional rain in the lower Ohio River valley. We are seeing more water headed our way. We know this water is coming to Louisiana. You can see by the dates of the different crests that it will get to Louisiana within the next two to three weeks" said Jindal at a press conference today.

Jindal has ordered a partial evacuation of Angola beginning next Monday. The Army Corps of Engineeers is considering opening the Bonnet Carre spillway for the first time in decades on Monday as well. Officials say opening the Morganza Spillway is also an option.

The Mississippi is expected to crest on May 21, experts say once that happens the levels will remain the same for a week.

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