Flood Waters Diverted

Monday, May 16, 2011 - 8:03am

The Morganza Spillway is opened in an attempt to divert flood waters away from populated areas and into rural areas in Louisiana.

Desperate times along the flood-swollen Mississippi River, are calling for desperate measures in Louisiana, opening a ten-ton floodgate of the Morganza spillway for the first time in nearly four decades.

"Protecting lives in number one thing we're looking for…" says Major General Michael Walsh of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

Nearly three thousand square miles of sparsely populated Cajun country is being sacrificed to spare the levees protecting Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Some twenty-five thousand people were in harm's way but most have fled; a few are fighting, shoring up their own levies to save what they can.

Everett Deere a Mississippi farmer did just that.
"If the levee broke…” says Everett… “then, I'd not have anything to come back to. So I'm spending this money to save my house.

Upstream, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the scope of this catastrophe is still hard to measure.

And downstream, the worst is yet to come.

Brian Mooar, NBC News.

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