Flood Waters Begin to Crest in Louisiana

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Flooding along the Mississippi River began to stabilize Tuesday morning to the relief of many residents.

Over the weekend, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers opened a major spillway to ease the pressure on levees in the cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said the Corps' plan is working. Many rural areas have been flooded, but projected crests along the Mississippi have now been lowered in a number of places.

Officials in Baton Rouge say their stress levels have also dropped.

"That just brings that much more added relief for us in our neighborhood and anywhere in the area," said Greg Flores, a local resident of the Lexington Estates addition.

"We have a comfort level. But we can't be complacent because still the unknown factor is if there is ever a breach in this levee, then there are a whole new set of circumstances that we'll have to deal with," explained Mayor-President Kip Holden, in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Authorities caution of the possibility of water getting underneath the levees. All along the Mississippi River, a small army of engineers, deputies, and even inmates is keeping a 24-hour watch on the many floodwalls and earthen levees holding the water back.

They are looking for any droplets that seep through the barriers and any cracks that threaten to turn small leaks into big problems.

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