Corps sends out floodway reminder

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers has sent notices to residents and businesses inside Mississippi River floodways that may be activated if high water on the river forces the opening of spillways.

The notices, sent annually, are a risk reminder and not notice of intent to open floodgates.

Affected are landowners, residents and lessees in the Bayou Des Glaises Loop, Old River Control Structure project area, West Atchafalaya Floodway and the Atchafalaya Basin Floodway, as well as landowners and trailer owners or lessee-operators in the Morganza Floodway.

The notice informs those with interests in the floodways that it is their responsibility to minimize environmental contamination and that water and gas wells must be sealed and capped to prevent contamination from floodwaters.

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