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Army Corps closing bays of Bonnet Carre Spillway

Posted at 9:20 AM, Jul 22, 2019

The US Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday, July 22 that they will begin closing the bays at the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

The closure is due to the reduced flows on the Mississippi River at Red River Landing.

The Corps is set to close 10 of the 168 bays that are currently open at the spillway. Operations will begin at 9:00 am, according to a release. Conditions on the Mississippi River will continue to be assessed and the Corps says that more bays will close based on those assessments.

Monday, July 22 marks the 74th day that Bonnet Carre Spillway has been opened. During peak operation, the Corps says that 161,000 cfs of water was diverted through the structure.

2019 was the first year that the spillway was opened twice in one year and the first time it was operated in back-to-back-years.

The Corps says flood fight operations, environmental monitoring and all subsurface construction restrictions will remain in effect in the interest of public safety.