U.S. Army Corps of Engineers open Bonnet Carre Spillway bays

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FILE – In a Friday, May 10, 2019 file photo, workers open bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, to divert rising water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, upriver from New Orleans, in Norco, La. The Army Corps of Engineers expects to begin closing the Bonnet Carré Spillway north of New Orleans sometime in the second or third week of July. The corps began opening the Bonnet Carré Spillway on May 10 to relieve stress on levees protecting New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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:

Opening of some of the Bonnet Carre Spillway bays

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. 

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