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'Safety a priority' for Mississippi floodgate opening

US engineers are flooding up to three million acres in southern Louisiana in a bid to protect large cities along the Mississippi River.

US Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Col Ed Fleming said they would open floodgates to divert water from the river, protecting the cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

The Mississippi River has risen this year to levels not seen in decades.

  • 14 May 2011
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