Rain flushes salt water from La. canals

ABBEVILLE, La (AP) - Recent heavy rain has helped push out salt water that had been creeping north from the Gulf of Mexico and threatened the salt-sensitive rice crop in southwest Louisiana, where many farmers depend on surface water from canals to irrigate their fields.

Figures from salinity gauges monitored by the Army Corps of Engineers show the level of saltwater in many Vermilion Parish canals has dropped from historical highs at the end of last year to near normal levels.

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