NEW ORLEANS, La. (KLFY) — Heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising Mississippi River water stages are prompting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to open the Bonnet Carré Spillway Friday, April 3. In doing so, they hope to keep the volume of Mississippi River flows at New Orleans from exceeding 1.25 million cubic feet per second (cfs).
Current forecasts say the opening could last three to four weeks. However, duration of the opening will be dictated by actual conditions.
Operation of the spillway will relieve pressure on mainline levees, maintain river stages, and regulate the flow downriver.
Maj. Gen. Mark Toy, Commanding General of the Mississippi Valley Division, made the decision earlier today to open Bonnet Carré.
“In the Mississippi Valley Division, our priority is taking care of people,” said Toy. “When we operate the spillway, we do everything we can to help mitigate the impacts. And, the decision to do so is not taken lightly. By operating the Bonnet Carré Spillway, we can safely pass these high waters and ultimately keep people safe.”