Officials: Morganza Spillway will not open Sunday

Officials: Morganza Spillway will not open Sunday
Morganza Spillway

MORGANZA, La. (WAFB) - A spokesperson for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority says the Morganza Spillway will not open Sunday.

The date of the opening was pushed back to Sunday, June 9. On Wednesday, officials said they would only release 20% of the water they initially planned to send into the Atchafalaya Basin.

On Thursday, a spokesperson for CPRA announced they would not be opening the spillway on Sunday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the following statement:

Based on the current forecast, the Corps will not operate the Morganza Floodway on June 9th and does not have an expected operating date. Future weather events could impact Mississippi River levels and the Corps will continue to monitor the forecast daily as conditions can change. Operation of the structure will be a consideration until the Mississippi River crests and begins to fall. The expected crest at Morganza is on about June 15th, but it will then remain high for two weeks or more. The Army Corps of Engineers only intends to operate the structure when needed as to not put additional water into the Atchafalaya Basin.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

No new date has been set.

More details still to come.

Officials: Morganza Spillway will not open Sunday

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