Phase I flood fight procedures activated as Mississippi River is projected to rise above 11 feet

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activated phase I of flood fight procedures Thursday after the Mississippi River was forecasted to rise more than 11 feet in the New Orleans area.

The New Orleans district is set to start patrolling Mississippi River levees south of Baton Rouge twice each week until the water level drops below 11 feet at the Carrollton Gage, according to Ricky Boyett, who is involved with the Corps of Engineers’ public affairs.

The National Weather Service’s latest forecast shows the river cresting at 12.3 feet on Jan. 16 and beginning to fall on Jan. 20, Boyett wrote.

Since the water level is at 11 feet, all work impacting levees for the Mississippi River and its tributaries will be prohibited until the water level drops.

Restrictions include transportation of heavy loads over levees, disturbance of grass cover and subsurface work within 1,500 feet of levees, according to Boyett.

For information about monitoring river stages and forecasts, call (504) 862-2461 or visit www.rivergages.com.

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