Forecasters Say No Flood Risk On Mississippi River

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Huge flooding issues are plaguing the Mississippi River in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois right now, but forecasters say there is likely no risk to Louisiana.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District emergency management director Heath Jones says the water causing problems to the north is about a month from traveling to southern Louisiana. He says the river will keep dropping in this state to allow the river bed to absorb what's headed downstream.

The Corps opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway at Montz due to heavy rainfall recently for just the 13th time since it was built in the late 1920s, and that will be a big help to prevent flooding later this spring.

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