Bonnet Carre Spillway to open today to relieve pressure on New Orleans area levees
Posted on 3/8/2018 3:55:00 AM.

The Bonnet Carre Spillway will open for just the 12th time today as the Mississippi River swells, and threatens to tops levees in southeast Louisiana. The spillway is expected to run at about half capacity for three weeks, and will drain the river into some of the 320 pods that are controlled by timber locks. 

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Bonnet Carre expected to open Thursday
Posted on 3/5/2018 3:09:00 PM.

The Corps of Engineers is recommending opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway just outside of New Orleans this Thursday as Mississippi River levels are expected to steadily rise after several weeks of intense rains in the Midwest. Colonel Michael Clancy says if the spillway is not opened, New Orleans could get swamped.

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La. Attorney General sues Corps of Engineers
Posted on 2/9/2018 3:28:00 PM.

Attorney General Jeff Landry filed a lawsuit against the Corps of Engineers alleging that the Corps expanded the Intracoastal Waterway in Vermillion Parish beyond the borders set in a 1920s agreement. Landry says the Corps has increased the size of the waterway far past what the state imagined, which the AG says has contributed to the decline of Louisiana’s coastline.

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USACE: Comite River Diversion Project wouldn't have reduced flooding much
Posted on 8/26/2016 5:38:00 AM.

Some people have suggested that if the Comite River Diversion Project in East Baton Rouge Parish had been completed, the flooding wouldn’t have been so severe. But the Army Corps of Engineers says that’s not the case. Deputy District Commander Mark Wingate says the project would only have helped a small part of the affected region.

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Corps monitors rising Mississippi
Posted on 3/7/2016 5:40:00 PM.

The Mississippi River is rising in South Louisiana again which will lead to twice a week checks of the levees. Ricky Boyett with the Army Corps of Engineers, says they are preparing for the water to rise even more.

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Corps of Engineers conclude operation of Bonnet Carre Spillway
Posted on 2/1/2016 1:57:00 PM.
The US Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled to close the remaining open bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway today. The spillway was opened to divert rising Mississippi River flood waters from New Orleans.
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Army Corp of Engineers closing Bonnet Carre Spillway
Posted on 1/25/2016 3:24:00 PM.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has started closing the Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish. Spokesperson Ricky Boyett says the Mississippi River has crested in New Orleans so the process of closing the bays can begin. He says 10 bays were closed today.

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Senator Cassidy looks to see if Red River flooding could have been minimized
Posted on 6/13/2015 3:45:00 AM.
After assessing the Red River flooding in the Shreveport area, US Senator Bill Cassidy says he'll look into why NOAA's earlier crest predictions were off. Cassidy says the federal agency's prediction of a 34-feet crest resulted in an unpleasant surprise when the eventual crest came in at 37-feet.
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