Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says approval has been given to open the Morganza Spillway "within the next 24 hours". Jindal expects the spillway to open sometime tomorrow.
Jindal made his comments during a news conference at the governor's mansion just moments ago.
Starting tomorrow morning, state police will be closing the roadway leading to the spillway. However, the road will remain open tonight.
A news conference will also be held tomorrow at 1 p.m. Also, Jindal says the national guard and the sheriff's department will be calling people in the area expected to be impacted by the spill to notify them of the opening.