Louisiana braces as flood spillway opens

Reuters: Army engineers on Saturday opened a key spillway to allow the swollen Mississippi River to flood thousands of homes and crops but spare New Orleans and Louisiana's capital Baton Rouge. The Army Corps of Engineers opened one of the 125 floodgates at the Morganza Spillway 45 miles northwest of Baton Rouge shortly after 3 p.m. CDT, sending a flume of water onto nearby fields. The move, last taken in 1973, will channel floodwaters toward homes, farms, a wildlife refuge and a small oil refinery......

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