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Louisiana Floodgate Opens, Diverting Mississippi River

By MSNBC | Last updated: May 14, 2011 - 9:45:21 PM

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MORGANZA, La. — A steel, 10-ton floodgate was slowly raised Saturday for the first time in nearly four decades, unleashing a torrent of water from the Mississippi River, sacrificing small communties and farmland to protect more heavily populated cities downstream.

MSNBC - May 14, 2011

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