Waiting For The Crest


POSTED: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 9:31am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 9:32am

Residents in the flood zone still have days before the highest water arrives.

Louisiana fields are turning into lakes.

The Morganza Spillway continues to release torrents of water into a sparsely populated area.

The decades-old plan is designed to protect Baton Rouge and New Orleans while sacrificing an area that's home to 10,000 structures and more than 20,000 people.

Across the region, earth-moving crews are racing against time building levees and flood walls.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for many in the flood zone.

Up river, things continue to get worse in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Historic flooding has swallowed homes up to roof-tops, and the river continues to rise.

The crest is expected Thursday.

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