WWNO News Reports
8:20 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Jindal Tells Residents, Businesses To Prepare For Flooding

New Orleans, La. – Governor Jindal says it appears likely that the Morganza Spillway north of Baton Rouge will open, diverting floodwater over small communities in the Atchafalaya River Basin to the Gulf of Mexico.

"It's just like with a hurricane. Act and be prepared as if this storm is coming directly towards us. If it veers off it's certainly better to be over prepared."

Jindal says if the floodgates are opened, likely next week, an oil refinery in the area will close. He says businesses with permits for using radioactive material are being notified they're responsible for securing it safely. If the spillway remains closed, floods are predicted for the New Orleans region.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.