Morganza Spillway could be opened as early as June 2

Saturated grounds from the midwestern states running into rivers

Jim Hanzo
May 23, 2019 - 9:24 am



The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to open the Morganza Spillway because of swelling of the Mississippi River.  

A notice was sent out last night to local governments along the Morganza Floodway.  The notice stated that the Morganza Spillway could be opened as early as June 2.  

Corps spokesperson Ricky Boyett told The Advocate that current river forecasts project the Mississippi River to overtop the Morganza Spillway in two weeks, rendering the spillway unusable, and that opening the structure allows the Army Corps to control the flow of water through it and across the Atchafalaya Basin.

Heavy rains have in the midwest and across the Central Mississippi River Valley has caused saturated grounds in parts of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. The rain is running off into the local rivers, including the Missouri and Mississippi.  The extended weather forecasts show this same area could pick up an additional 5-7”+ of rain over the next 5 days.

If the Morganza Spillway is opened, it would be the third time since it was completed in 1954. The spillway was most recently opened in 2011.

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