SIMMESPORT, La. (AP) -- A Louisiana farming community built for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina has become a haven for families driven from their homes by river flooding.
Twenty-six families have moved into the enclave informally known as Canadaville because their towns were threatened by flooding from the Mississippi River and smaller rivers that spring from it. The haven created by a Canadian industrialist had a onetime population of around 200 hurricane-displaced residents, but had dwindled to just a handful by the time people from nearby towns began looking for a place to wait out flooding.
The Mississippi River is swollen by snow melt and heavy rains. To take pressure off levees surrounding New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza Spillway, choosing to flood more rural areas.
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