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May 14, 2011
Patrick Semansky photo

FILE - The Morganza Spillway, center, which allows water from the Mississippi River to divert into the Atchafalaya Basin, is seen from the air in Morganza, La., in this May 12, 2011 file photo. In an agonizing trade-off, Army engineers said they will open a key spillway along the bulging Mississippi River as early as Saturday May 14, 2011 and inundate thousands of homes and farms in parts of Louisiana’s Cajun country to avert a potentially bigger disaster in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.