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Butte LaRose residents and other concerned citizens crowded into the fire station last week to hear a report from the Army Corps of Engineers and parish officials about the planned Morganza Spillway opening.(Sally Angelle)

Officials ease ‘worse case’ fears of Morganza opening

Citing a revised forecast that the overtopping of the Morganza Spillway will occur later than previously forecast, the Corps of Engineers has announced that the opening of the structure is now scheduled to begin on Sunday, June 9.
On May 28, soon after the original opening date of June 2 was announced, a meeting was held at the Butte LaRose fire station where an overflow crowd turned out to hear current flooding projections for Butte LaRose and the surrounding area.

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Ejected – St. Martinville Police officer Tyren Jones removed former assistant chief Nary Smith (left) from Monday’s city council meeting for failing to comply with rules of conduct. The council is attempting to reign in disorderly conduct by meeting attendees. (Karl Jeter)

Chaotic meeting lasts 3½ hours

Before an overfilled City Hall meeting room, a year of mishaps, criticism and toxic relationships came to a head here Monday evening.
Even though the city is phasing in stricter rules of conduct for council proceedings, the first June meeting descended into what was mostly an unpleasant 3½-hour spectacle. Over the course of the meeting, several residents were ejected by police for violating new policies against arguing with or shouting at council members.

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— Parish crews raised the decking of the pontoon bridge accessing Butte La Rose from the West Atchafalaya Protection Levee this past Sunday due to the rising level of water in the canal that drains Henderson Lake into the Basin. Parish officials say the crossing will be closed to traffic for an indefinite period, forcing local residents to detour via La3177/Atchafalaya River Hwy and I-10.(Sally Angelle)


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Village meeting turns contentious

A discussion about water clarity resulted in a more argumentative meeting than usual for the Village of Parks City Council on May 14.
Council member Harold “Kellog” Robertson said he has been receiving a high number of complaints about water quality. Robertson contended that Mayor Kevin Kately’s line flushing program is not producing the hoped-for results.
The councilman suggested that Kately should have managed to secure funding for upgrades to the system as he did to fund the new city hall, now nearing completion.

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Morganza opening – The third-ever opening of the Morganza Control Structure will began on Sunday when these huge cranes lift the first of the structure’s 125 gates. The facility was built in 1954 to allow diversion of water from then the Mississippi River and reduce the risk of flooding in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.(Courtesy of Rose Hayes)

Morganza opening begins Sunday

With Mississippi River water levels projected to overtop the Morganza Control Structure on June 5, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that the opening of the 1954-built structure will begin on Sunday, June 2.
Flood levels in the Mississippi River have set all-time records, and on May 20, the 92-year-old record of 135 days above flood stage at Baton Rouge was broken. Higher than normal water levels are expected to persist through July.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the final decision last Friday to open the first gate on June 2.


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