Jindal: Flooding far from over

Jindal: Flooding far from over
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 1:51pm

The Mississippi Rising is seeing a bit of relief today, but the crisis is still far from over. Governor Jindal says today that 15 flood gates have been opened along the Morganza Spillway thus far, and that water is moving out at a rate much slower than originally predicted – giving more time to build protective barriers in flood zones.

14,000 homes and business could be impacted before the flooding stops. Just under 1,500 homes and around 200 businesses are currently without power.

More than 3,000 people have evacuated from the spillway area, but so far, no shelters have been activated. However, Governor Jindal warns that we’re still far from the end of this disaster.

"This is a serious water event. Even though the forecast has gotten modestly better for Louisiana, they're still setting records that's been in place since 1927 in many communities. There's still an awful lot of water headed our way and it's going to be in many cases for weeks, not just a few days."

1,500 National Guardsmen are working in 19 parishes to keep the waters away from property. The Army Corps of Engineers has identified 8 new sand boils in North East Louisiana, which brings the total across the state to 127.

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