Army Corps to start closing bays at Bonnet Carré Spillway


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is closing the Bonnet Carré Spillway today.

Although water levels are receding, allowing the structure’s closure, the Mississippi River in the New Orleans District’s area of responsibility remains elevated.

Army Corps personnel will continue flood fight inspections alongside local levee districts and all levee and excavation restrictions remain in effect.

The Spillway’s 13 operation began Feb. 27 and continued for another 26 days.

At the Mississippi River’s peak flow 206 bays were open with a discharge of 213,000 cubic feet per second being diverted through the spillway.

The Bonnet Carré Spillway is designed to ensure that a maximum river flow of 1.25 million cubic feet per second is passed through the Mississippi River and Tributaries system at New Orleans. 

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