River nears crest in Morgan City

River nears crest in Morgan City

Credit: AP

In this aerial photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, water from the swollen Mississippi River flows through the Morganza spillway into the Atchafalaya Basin, Friday, May 20, 2010, over Louisiana. The spillway was opened in an attempt to prevent cities further down the river from flooding and to ease pressure on the river's levee system. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

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Posted on May 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM

The Associated Press

MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) -- The National Weather Service says the swollen Atchafalaya River is nearing its crest in Morgan City, but it may have reached its highest point already.

Meteorologist Tim Destri said the river stood at a level of 10.2 feet on Tuesday morning and was forecast to remain around 10.3 or 10.4 feet through June 4.

The river has been rising since the Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza spillway and diverted water from the Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya basin.

 Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte said the 24-foot floodwall protecting the city was doing its job, but backwater flooding in the area remained a concern.

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