The rarely used Morganza Spillway may be opened soon as the Mississippi River continues to swell.
Just a week ago, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they had "no intention" of opening the flood control structure. As more rain has fallen in the Midwest, however, the chances of utilizing the spillway to relieve the Mississippi have increased.
As discussions continue about opening the spillway, here are key facts to know about the history and potential use of the Morganza Spillway.
- As officials move closer to opening Morganza Spillway, governor says it's 'more likely than not'
- Flashback to 2011: Only the second time in history the Morganza Spillway was opened
- Chances of historic Morganza Spillway opening are rising due to weather, officials say
- Mississippi River breaks 92-year old flood stage record; here's when water could go down
- Morganza Spillway to be opened next week amid 'historic and unprecedented' flood fight
- Iberville crawfish farmers prepare for uncertainty as Morganza Spillway opening more likely
- With potential opening of Morganza Spillway, what wildlife could be at risk?
- Authorities to sink Bayou Chene barge, reducing Iberville Parish flooding if Morganza Spillway opens
- As Morganza Spillway opening looms, conservationists and scientists worry about wildlife survival