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Bonnet Carre Spillway may be opened later in March as Mississippi River rises
from Staff Reports - NEWS
March 2, 2018 - ListenUpYall.com

The Mississippi River is rising because of heavy rains to the north, with forecasts suggesting that it might swell enough to require opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway later in March.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local levee authorities have already begun twice-weekly inspections of the levees in the New Orleans area as they brace for a river that could crest at about 17 feet in New Orleans by the third or fourth week of March.

The last time the spillway was opened was in January 2016, when it was kept open for 22 days. Rising water levels just narrowly missed hitting the trigger early last year. And high water required it to be opened in both 2011 and 2008.

No major problems with the levees have been found in the New Orleans area so far, though the Corps has had to do some work in areas upstream.

Crews have been working to repair damage from the 2016 flood near Angola, north of Baton Rouge, and the rising water means that area has had to be shored up with sandbags, Boyett said.

Farther north, in Concordia Parish, the Corps is adding sand and gravel to the levee near La. 15 to protect the levee from seepage and prevent the materials that make it up from shifting.

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