ST. CHARLES PARISH, La. (NBC Local 33)(Fox 44) – 20 of the Bonnet Carre Spillway”s bays have been opened to start easing pressure off the levees near New Orleans from the rising Mississippi River.
Officials on the St. Charles Parish government Facebook page posted a Facebook live video of the moment:
This marks the third straight year engineers have opened the Spillway’s bays and the fifth time in a decade.
Col. Stephen Murphy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that if there aren’t any more big rains in the river’s vast watershed, the spillway will be open for about 30 days. He says that includes both a gradual opening and gradual closing.