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  • Morganza hurricane protection system clears hurdle

    July 12, 2013 10:28 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on a final report updating Terrebonne's planned $13 billion federal levee system. The finalization of the Chief's Report wraps up a six-year detour for the federal Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system, which was approved by Congress in 2007. The... more »
  • US 190 Morganza Bridge Closures Headache for Drivers

    August 14, 2011 8:20 PM

    More headaches for drivers on U.S. 190 with road closures on the Morganza Floodway bridge taking place the next several weekends. This was the first weekend of construction, and already drivers are talking about the inconvenience. "My wife's going to beat me home now, I'll be in trouble," said... more »
  • Morganza Spillway Officially Closed

    July 8, 2011 7:35 PM

    Outdoors-men are taking advantage of the Morganza Spillway being closed again. At the most, seventeen bays were open for the first time since 1973 to prepare for flood waters from the Mississippi River. Nathan Fulmer fishes in the Morganza Spillway every summer. "If we wanted to shoot everything, we... more »
  • Morganza Spillway to stay open into July

    June 22, 2011 11:23 PM

    Water levels are dropping in the Morganza spillway but the Army Corps of Engineers announced it's not going to be closed for at least another month. The decision is raising a lot of questions for area farmers; much of their farm land is still under water. One farmer says his... more »
  • Corps closes another gate at Morganza

    June 10, 2011 9:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers closed another gate on the Morganza spillway north of Baton Rouge on Thursday as the threat from severe flooding of the Mississippi River diminished. Now only one gate on the structure that diverts Mississippi water into the Atchafalaya basin remains open,... more »
  • Trash and Chemicals Surface with Flood Waters

    May 27, 2011 12:07 AM

    With rising flood waters comes another problem, trash and debris floating in that water. Litter and trash are an ongoing problem in Acadiana, but flood waters bring it to the surface. The Morganza Spillway hasn't been opened for 38 years, so just think about all the trash, pesticides and... more »
  • Farmer Loses Thousands of Acres of Land to Flood Water

    May 18, 2011 11:23 AM

    The rising water is slowly taking over thousands of acres of farmland. The state estimates 18 thousand acres of crops will be lost, including two thousand acres of George Lacour's land. He owns the land surrounding the Morganza Control Center, it's typically dry and flourishing with crops. It been passed... more »
  • LA Towns on Edge as Spillway Opens

    May 14, 2011 11:24 PM

    KROTZ SPRINGS, La. (AP) - Phones at the police department in the little south Louisiana town of Krotz Springs rang nonstop as residents they packed belongings and sought information on the opening of the Morganza Spillway. Saturday's opening of part of the spillway gate structure sent a rush of Mississippi... more »
  • Morganza Spillway opens one bay

    May 14, 2011 9:40 PM

    An historic day on Saturday as the Morganza Spillway Control Structure is opened for just the second time in its history. Just one bay was raised but that one bay is putting places like Butte LaRose, Stephensville and Amelia directly in the water's path. "Even if they would not... more »
  • LA Readies to Open Spillway, Flood Cajun Country

    May 14, 2011 2:12 PM

    MORGANZA, La. (AP) - Engineers prepared Saturday to slowly open emergency floodgates for the first time in nearly four decades, purposefully inundating farmlands and homes in Louisiana's Cajun country to drain the swelling Mississippi River. Across the countryside, people fled to higher ground, shored up levees that held the last... more »
  • Morgan City Outlines Flood Protection Plans

    May 12, 2011 11:26 PM

    The people of Morgan City filled the town's high school gym Thursday night hoping for more concrete answers about the flood and possible evacuations. Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte outlined a clear plan of the city's flood protection efforts. But even with all of the information, some questions still... more »
  • Residents in Butte La Rose Brace for Floods

    May 11, 2011 3:34 AM

    Many in Butte La Rose spent this past weekend packing up their camps, after officials urged residents to self-evacuate. Among those still moving things out Tuesday, was David Blansett, who wasn't packing up a camp, instead he was leaving his home. "We don't want to take a chance, we're... more »
  • Parishes declare State of Emergency

    May 6, 2011 9:12 PM

    Parishes all over Acadiana, declaring a state of emergency. St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary Parishes want residents to be prepared for flooding. "The high water is definitely coming whether they open (the Morganza) or not." St. Martin Parish President Guy Cormier says, "if I was a... more »

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