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Waters Slowly Recede Along Mississippi
Credit: NASA/Jesse Allen

Water levels were slowly receding along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers in southern Louisiana in early June 2011. Although the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service of the U.S. National Weather Service reported flooding at several locations in the Baton Rouge area on June 14, flood levels were moderate at most, and river levels were projected to continue falling over the next few days.

The June 2011 image shows flooding along the Mississippi River and water in the Morganza Floodway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the floodway in May 2011 to divert excess flood waters from the Mississippi River to the Atchafalaya Basin.

Much of the land in and around the Atchafalaya Basin is devoted to agriculture, as the rectangular shapes of varying colors indicate. In the Morganza Floodway , water appears confined to some low-lying fields, but does not fill the entire floodway.