Before and after:
A floodgate at the Morganza Spillway was opened for the first time in nearly 4o years to divert the water from the flooded Mississippi River to the swamps of Louisiana’s Cajun country and then into the Atchafalaya Basin.
The floodgate was last opened during the flood in 1973.
This is the first time three flood-control systems have been unlocked at the same time along the Mississippi River:
On May 2, 2011, the US Army Corps of Engineers blew 2 huge holes in the Bird Point levee in Mississippi County, Missouri.
About a week ago they opened a spillway northwest of New Orleans.
May 14, 2011 a floodgate at the Morganza Spillway, Louisiana was opened.