Southern US Communities Brace for Massive Flooding
U.S. authorities are close to opening a massive spillway in the southern state of Louisiana in an effort to protect Baton Rouge and New Orleans from Mississippi River flooding.
The Army Corps of Engineers says opening the Morganza spillway will impact 25,000 people and flood thousands of hectares of farm and rural property.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says the state will do everything it can to protect people and property in the flood zone.
The Red Cross says it has ample shelters to accommodate the displaced residents, who are expected to be out of their homes for several weeks until the water recedes.
Some information for this report was provided by AP.