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Morganza Spillway operation not open to the public

Posted at 9:56 PM, May 29, 2019

The US Army Corps of Engineers will open the Morganza Spillway following a press conference on Sunday afternoon. The opening is not open to the public.

Officials say the press conference will happen at 1:00 pm followed by the opening of the structure.

On Monday, May 27, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the decision to open the Morganza Floodway because forecasts indicate that river elevations could overtop the control structure as early as June 5.

The Morganza Spillway will be opened for the third time in history in June 2019.

Officials say that this year’s operation will begin with a three-day slow opening process on June 2, 2019, to limit water accumulation in the floodway to one foot per day over the three day period.

The public will not be allowed to view the opening to ensure safety and security at the operation site, according to officials.

This will be the third operation of the Morganza Floodway and first since 2011.

The Corps says that the portion of Hwy. 1 from the guide levee south of the structure to the guide levee north of the structure will be closed by the Louisiana State Police from 10:00 a.m. to no later than 5:00 p.m on June 2.

Vehicles will not be allowed to cross the Morganza Control Structure bridge after 12:00 p.m.

No drones are allowed in the operation area and access to the railroad tracks beside the highway is also prohibited.