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Army Corps closes final bays of Bonnet Carré Spillway

Posted at 4:11 PM, Apr 11, 2019

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers have closed the final bays of the Bonnet Carré Spillway.

That closures was based on the reduced flows in the Mississippi River at Red River Landing according to officials.

The Spillway’s 13th operation began February 27, 2019 and continued for another 43 days. At the Mississippi River’s peak flow 206 bays were open with a discharge of 213,000 cubic feet per second being diverted through the spillway, a release states.

The Bonnet Carré Spillway is designed to ensure that a maximum river flow of 1.25 million cubic feet per second is passed through the Mississippi River and Tributaries system at New Orleans.

Although water levels are receding,the U.S Army Corps says that the Mississippi River in the New Orleans District’s area of responsibility remains elevated. Army Corps personnel will continue flood fight inspections alongside local levee districts and all levee and excavation restrictions remain in effect.