Jindal to Atchafalaya residents: "Expect as much flooding as in ‘73"

Date: May 06, 2011

Jindal to Atchafalaya residents: "Expect as much flooding as in '73"

BATON ROUGE -- A decision on whether to open the Moganza Spillway to relieve pressure on Mississippi River levees could be made next week, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Friday.

But water already is rising in the vast floodway because of the mandated diversion of 30 percent of the Mississippi's flow into the Atchafalaya River.

Jindal said residents who flooded when the spillway last opened in 1973 should expect flooding again.

He urged residents who might be affected to make plans to evacuate on their own or to Red Cross shelters, which would be located closer to residents' homes than would be the case for a hurricane.

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