Oil wells surrounded

Floodwater surrounds oil wells near Deer Park, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100102500000000" title="Louisiana" href="/topic/us/louisiana-PLGEO100102500000000.topic">Louisiana</a>. Heavy spring rains left the ground saturated, rivers swollen, and have caused widespread flooding in Louisiana, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100103000000000" title="Mississippi" href="/topic/us/mississippi-PLGEO100103000000000.topic">Mississippi</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100103100000000" title="Missouri" href="/topic/us/missouri-PLGEO100103100000000.topic">Missouri</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100500000000" title="Illinois" href="/topic/us/illinois-PLGEO100100500000000.topic">Illinois</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100102400000000" title="Kentucky" href="/topic/us/kentucky-PLGEO100102400000000.topic">Kentucky</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100104500000000" title="Tennessee" href="/topic/us/tennessee-PLGEO100104500000000.topic">Tennessee</a>, and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100101600000000" title="Arkansas" href="/topic/us/arkansas-PLGEO100101600000000.topic">Arkansas</a>. On May 14 the Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza spillway in Louisiana to divert water from the rising Mississippi River down the Atchafalaya River and away from the cities of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100101011265" title="New Orleans" href="/topic/us/louisiana/orleans-parish/new-orleans-PLGEO100100101011265.topic">New Orleans</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100101101011266" title="Baton Rouge" href="/topic/us/louisiana/east-baton-rouge-parish/baton-rouge-PLGEO100101101011266.topic">Baton Rouge</a>.

( Getty Images / May 16, 2011 )

Floodwater surrounds oil wells near Deer Park, Louisiana. Heavy spring rains left the ground saturated, rivers swollen, and have caused widespread flooding in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. On May 14 the Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza spillway in Louisiana to divert water from the rising Mississippi River down the Atchafalaya River and away from the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

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