WWNO News Reports
6:15 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Jindal Says 3 Million Acres Could Flood If Morganza Spillway Opens

New Orleans, La. – Governor Jindal says the Army Corps of Engineers continues to pinpoint which areas will flood if the Morganza Spillway is opened northwest of the capital. Some could be under 25 feet of water, but the levels are only estimates.

"We, again, strongly encourage residents: follow the guidance of your local elected officials. They will have detailed information on specific areas within particular parishes."

He says Census data shows over 22,000 people could see flooding from water that can't empty as usual into the Mississippi River. Jindal says the spillway could be opened Saturday, pouring water through the rural Atchafalya River Basin to the Gulf of Mexico.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.