HOUSTON, May 13 (Reuters) - Alon USA Energy ALJ.N said on Friday it was building a levee around its 80,000 barrel-per-day Krotz Springs, Louisiana, refinery to prevent flooding from shutting the plant within about two weeks.
The company has said the Krotz Springs refinery will be surrounded by flood waters within 14 days of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opening the Morganza Spillway along the Mississippi River to prevent flooding to New Orleans.
The Corps said on Friday it could open the Morganza spillway as early as this weekend to prevent flooding. The water diverted from the Mississippi will flood the Atchafalaya River basin, in which Krotz Springs is located. (Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)