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The Morganza spillway was opened on May 14th for the first time since 1973 in order to protect Baton Rouge and new Orleans from flooding. The opening of the spillway will cause property damage to those living in the Atchafalaya Basin by diverting water from the Mississippi River allowing it to flow through the Morganza floodway to the Gulf of Mexico.
/// Sandbags and a berm line top of the levy along the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to protect the city from flooding.
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High water in MS River
The  Morganza spillway was opened on May 14th for the first time since 1973 in order to protect Baton Rouge and new Orleans from flooding.  The opening of the spillway will cause property damage to those living in the Atchafalaya Basin by diverting water from the Mississippi River allowing it to flow through the Morganza floodway to the Gulf of Mexico. <br />
/// Sandbags and a berm line  top of the levy along the  Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to protect the city from flooding.