Videos from Sunday’s opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway in New Orleans from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and NOLA.com.
Heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising Mississippi River water stages and flow prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open the Bonnet Carré Spillway on Sunday to keep the volume of Mississippi River flows at New Orleans from exceeding 1.25 million cu, ft. per second.
The Corps said that the ppillway may be open for several weeks. Operation of the structure will relieve pressure on main line levees, maintain river stages, and regulate the flow of the river from the spillway southward.
Today’s operations wrapped up with 20 bays open at the Bonnet Carre Spillway.
Posted by US Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District on Sunday, January 10, 2016