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In this aerial photo, the Mississippi River spills out of its banks, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, near Ste. Genevieve, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(Bloomberg) — As floodwaters move south along the Mississippi River, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is weighing steps it could take to prevent widespread flooding from southern Missouri down to the Gulf Coast.

In Louisiana, the Corps and local levee districts are inspecting the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers. The Corps could open the Bonnet Carre Spillway, diverting up to 250,000 cubic feet per second of water into Lake Pontchartrain, north of New Orleans, spokesman Bob Anderson said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday.

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