"The Army Corps of Engineers has opened eight more bays on the Morganza Spillway after opening a single bay Saturday afternoon, part of the corps’ strategy to gradually increase the flow from the rain-swollen Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya basin.
With nine 28-foot-wide bays open, about 90,000 cubic feet of water per second is being diverted from the Mississippi to take pressure off the levees in Baton Rouge and New Orleans."
Paul Rioux reports for the New Orleans Times-Picayune May 15, 2011.
Times-Picayune Flood Portal
"Morganza Floodway opens to divert Mississippi River away from Baton Rouge, New Orleans" (Times-Picayune)
"Where Water Is an Old Friend, Until It Turns Into a Nemesis" (New York Times)
"Does a Monster Flood Have to Fuel a Monster Dead Zone Too?" (Mother Jones)