All eyes on Louisiana levees as rivers continue to rise

04/7/2008 | Google

The Army Corps of Engineers has implemented 12-hour shifts to monitor Louisiana's levees seven days a week as rains continue to swell the Mississippi River. Though water levels are at their highest in a decade -- the river is expected to crest in New Orleans at 17 feet later this month -- a spokesman for the Corps says the levees are expected to hold. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, meanwhile, said tens of thousands of sandbags are being distributed along the river, and both the National Guard and state agencies are being mobilized to prepare for possible flooding.

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