The Morganza Spillway – Spring Flooding Special

The Morganza Spillway is a flood management system on the Mississippi River in Louisiana, intended to protect the cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. It has recently been opened for only the second time since it was constructed 57 years ago. Catastrophic flooding on the Mississippi in 1927 led to the long-term development of flood-control measures along the river. The Morganza Spillway was designed to divert water from the Mississippi into the Atchafalaya Basin in emergency situations, in order to prevent the inundation of the densely-populated cities to the south-east. While the land on either side of…

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