Army Corps of Engineers hosts first meeting ahead of Morganza Spillway opening

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Tuesday, May 28 marks the first of two meetings held by the Army Corps of Engineers ahead of the Morganza Spillway opening. The purpose of the meeting is to give residents the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.

One of the biggest concerns is if residents will experience flooding.

“I’m trying to get my truck ready and insured,“ said Caroline Campbell, from Breaux Bridge. “All I can tell my neighbors is, keep it in Gods hands [and] turn to him because humans cannot save you. Only God can.“

Ricky Boyett with the Army Corps said people are worried about flooding because the Mississippi River is worse than the last time the Morganza Spillway opened.

“In 2011,  there was an extreme drought,” said Boyett. “So the amount of water that would have accumulated to the floodway did not occur because the ground was so dry and absorbed that water. This year the water is very wet so, you will see water accumulating.”

If you have any questions for the Army Corps of Engineers, the next meeting is Wednesday, May 29 at Morgan City High School.

The meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon.

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