The Army Corps of Engineers says that they will begin the second phase of flood fighting procedures along the Mississippi River.
The River has reportedly risen to 15 feet at the Carrollton Gage in New Orleans, prompting the Army Corps to reactivate the phase II procedures.
Daily patrols will begin along the levees from Baton Rouge to Venice. Those patrols, according to the Army Corps, will help ensure quick response to problem areas that may develop due to the elevated water levels.
The Army Corps says that when the river is above 11 feet at the Carrollton Gage all subsurface construction within 1,500 feet of the river levees must be suspended.
Work can only continue if a waiver is granted by the Corps of Engineers and local levee district.
When the river rises above 15 feet those waivers will be suspended.
Social Distancing: While inspectors from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local levee districts are in the field please respect current social distancing recommendations in response to COVID-19 by keeping a distance of 6 feet when interacting with our personnel.
At this time the operational trigger points for the Bonnet Carre Spillway or Morganza Floodway Control Structure are not in the current forecast.
To monitor river stages and forecasts check www.rivergages.com