As Louisiana gears up to open the Morganza Spillway next, these before and after pictures near LSU illustrate just how serious the water levels have become in the Mississippi River.

The first picture is an aerial look at the Mississippi River near River Rd. by LSU's campus. As you can see, the water had risen to near the top of the levee. To the left of the water is LSU's campus.

 

Below is a picture showing what the area normally looks like.

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