Mississippi river floodway opening delayed
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District

The opening of a Mississippi River spillway has been postponed again.

This is the second time the opening of the Morganza Spillway in Louisiana has been postponed, this time until June 9th, due to the Mississippi River rising slower than previously predicted. The Mississippi River is predicted to reach 60 feet at the structure on June 12, 2019, instead of the previously forecasted June 9, 2019.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say they only intend to operate the structure when needed as to not put additional water into the Atchafalaya Basin. As a result of the flooding, Mississippi has seen historic flood levels which have left countless people homeless and much farmland unusable in the Delta.