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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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