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Mississippi floodgates opened to save cities

Floodgates have been opened in the southern United States in a bid to spare large cities from becoming inundated.US army engineers opened the Morganza Spillway in Louisiana for the first time in four decades. The move will channel floodwaters towards homes and farms, but will prevent New Orleans and Baton Rouge - the state’s largest cities - from being affected. It is a delicate operation and it could take three weeks for the huge amount of water to flow through.