Eleven bays in Morganza Spillway opened, Baton Rouge reaps benefits

Monday, May 16, 2011 - 7:26pm

Several more bays at the Morganza Spillway have been lifted, bringing the total now to 11 out of 125 bays opened.

The Mississippi is cresting in New Orleans today at 17 feet.

On May 18, the peak moves to Baton Rouge, where the river will crest at 45 feet, which is 2.5 feet lower, and about five days sooner than first forecasted.

Many say the move will save LSU from catastrophic flooding.

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