USA: Thousands of Houses Sacrificed to Save New Orleans

Washington, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Local authorities of Louisiana sacrificed thousands of houses to save New Orleans from a disaster worse that the one caused by Katrina hurricane in 2005, in the face of the threat of floods from the Mississippi River

The decision to open several spillways that will take the water into the houses, farms, a wild life refuge and a little oil refinery in the Atchafalaya River, was made in order to avoid flooding of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, said the local media.

The US Army Engineers opened on Monday two lock-gates and Saturday had opened two more in the Morganza spillway, 72 km Northwest from Baton Rouge, reported the New York Times.

This decision was last made in 1973 and is expected to take the Mississippi waters to the Atchafalaya river basin.

Residents of little towns of Louisiana are getting ready this Tuesday for Mississippi’s flooding that could leave thousands of houses and farms under almost six meters of water.

It is expected that water goes 32 km South up to the Atchafalaya River basin, and from there will go to Morgan city, a community of almost 12,000 people and a center of oil and shellfish trade.

Mississippi water levels rose due to the melting waters of the North and the strong rains recorded during the last weeks, causing considerable damages in the center and South of the United States.

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