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The Morganza Spillway allows water from the Mississippi River to divert into the Atchafalaya Basin (AP)

The Morganza Spillway allows water from the Mississippi River to divert into the Atchafalaya Basin (AP)

The Morganza Spillway allows water from the Mississippi River to divert into the Atchafalaya Basin (AP)

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has said federal officials have been given approval to open a Louisiana spillway to avert a Mississippi River disaster in places such as Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Mr Jindal said the Army Corps of Engineers had received permission to open the Morganza spillway for the first time in 38 years to relieve pressure on river levees.

The Corps said it will open the spillway when the river flow reaches a certain point, but an exact timing was not known. However, that flow rate is expected to happen soon.

If the spillway had remained closed and the levees had failed, New Orleans could have been under as much as 20 feet of water.

Instead, water will be diverted into the Atchafalaya River and will roll to the Gulf, soaking a couple of thousand square miles in rural Cajun country.

The Corps earlier blew up a levee in Missouri to ease the flooding worries there.

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