The Army Corps of Engineers will soon begin to close bays at the Bonnet Carre Spillway. The Corps expects the process to start in July.
In a tweet, the Corps posted Bonnet Carre closure to begin at a stage of 15.5 feet at Carrollton Gage. This will allow crews to safely close bays. Based on forecast from NSW closing process could start 2nd or 3rd week of July.
Rainfall caused the Mississippi River to rise. In an abundance of caution, the spillway was opened in May to ensure the safe passage of this high water by limiting the elevations downriver of the spillway, according to the Corps.
This was the 14 operation of the structure since 1937 and the first time it has been opened twice during the same high water event.