Of­fi­cials seek to open spill­way on Mis­sis­sippi River

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Army Corps of En­gi­neers of­fi­cials in Louisiana aim to open a his­toric flood con­trol struc­ture above New Or­leans on Tues­day for an un­prece­dented sec­ond time in one year.

“It’s an un­prece­dented amount of wa­ter that’s com­ing down,” David Ramirez, chief of wa­ter man­age­ment for the Corps’ New Or­leans District, told re­porters Thurs­day.

The re­quest for au­tho­riza­tion from the Corps’ Mis­sis­sippi Val­ley Divi­sion comes as floods across the Mid­west have caused bil­lions of dol­lars in dam­age to homes, farms and busi­nesses.

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