It began with one, and now a total of nine of 125 bays of the Morganza Spillway are open with the goal of diverting an increasing amount of Mississippi River water from the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.
A multitude of state agencies are continuing to work on plans for flooding in Louisiana. Sandbagging, equipment distribution and more manpower has been enlisted. Here is the breakdown from the State's Joint Information Center.
After days and days of speculation, and Governor Bobby Jindal saying "if and when" the when has now happened, as the Morganza Spillway has been opened. The plan is that by opening the Morganza it will relieve pressue on levees in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to open the Morganza spillway on Saturday, sending a torrent of water into the Atchafalaya River basin but taking the pressure off levees that protect populous Baton Rouge and New Orleans and oil refineries and industries.