Fighting The Flood

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 8:50am

Residents in the path of Mississippi River flood waters brace for the water.

The wait for flood waters to recede in Memphis continues, but the race to protect communities down-river is on.

In Morgan City, Louisiana residents, neighbors and work crews are scrambling to protect homes.

Temporary levees are being built across the region to hold back the mighty Mississippi.

In Baton Rouge a water-filled boom system is being installed to raise the levee and protect the city.

"If water topples the levee in Baton Rouge it will pretty much go all the way to the Interstate and down to LSU and the loss would be absolutely tremendous," says Mayor Kip Holden.

Tremendous destruction the Army Corps of Engineers hopes to avoid.

Over the next few days the Corps expects to trigger the Morganza Spillway and divert flood waters away from Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Triggering the spillway will help spare the major cities, but the move could flood more than three-million acres and affect nearly 13,000 structures.

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