Posted: Jun 6, 2012 9:53 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a contract to repair relief wells and monitoring equipment at the Morganza Control Structure has been awarded to Merrick Construction.
The Advocate reports construction on the $1 million contract will begin in August and is expected to be done by February.
The control structure is a part of the Morganza Floodway which diverts excess Mississippi River water into the Atchafalaya River basin during floods. During the 2011 flood, the structure was opened from May 14 until July 7 and passed as much as 182,000 cubic feet of water per second during peak flow.
So far, the New Orleans Corps District has obligated $150 million to repair damages and restore projects along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers.