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The floodgate at the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, Louisiana, was opened on Saturday, May 14, 2011.
After 3 days, the water from the flooded Mississippi River has reached places like Butte LaRose and St. Landry Parish at the northern end of the basin, putting some houses underwater.
Towns and crop lands along the Atchafalaya River basin that are in the path of the diverted flood waters could be flooded as high as 20 feet in coming days.
On Tuesday, the Coast Guard closed a 15-mile stretch of the Mississippi River at Natchez, Mississippi, north of New Orleans.
Vessels were blocked from heading toward the Gulf of Mexico and from returning north after dropping off their freight.
These barges carry corn, wheat, soybean and others from the Midwest to ports near New Orleans, where they get loaded onto huge grain carriers to be exported around the world.
Below are photos of the flooding along the Mississippi River.
- Water rushes over dirt roads inside the Morganza Floodway as water from the flowing floodway heads south near Krotz Springs, Louisiana, May 17, 2011. (REUTERS/Sean Gardner)
The Morganza Spillway may be opened to protect Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas from great flooding.
If this happened the Cajun country, Louisiana will be flooded up to 15 feet of water from Mississippi River flooding.
On May 2, 2011 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had blew 2 huge holes in the Birds Point levee in Mississippi County, Missouri to protect places where there are more people living from great flooding.
130,000 acres of farmland was then flooded when the water rushed in from the hole in the levee.
- The Morganza Spillway, center, is seen from the air in Morganza, La., Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
It must be very sad for the people who are living in the area where it will be badly flooded because of the action.
People are told to move and the government is trying to do whatever they can to save the place.
The great Mississippi River flooding is a great disaster and it is very sad when there had to be man-made disasters together with the natural disaster.