Mississippi floods beating control system

by Paul Kemp and John Day, Special to CNN

Mississippi River Flood
David Ringer

Mississippi River Flood/Vicksburg May 2011

Published: May 17, 2011
Baton Rouge, LA - 
(CNN) - May 10, 2011 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway for the 10th time since 1932. This 7,000-foot structure of gates on the east bank of the Mississippi River, 30 miles above New Orleans, relieves pressure on levees protecting the city by shunting river water into nearby Lake Pontchartrain.

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