Bonnet Carre Spillway opens tomorrow at 10am

Flood fight begins in earnest on the Lower Mississippi River System

Thomas Perumean
April 02, 2020 - 3:34 pm
Bonnet Carre opens Friday, public not invited to view.

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The Bonnet Carre Spillway will open tomorrow at 10am. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the decision earlier Thursday after water passing Carrollton gauge near the COE headquarters building reached a maximum of 17.5' of flood stage. 

Usually a crowd gatherer, this time the opening of the Spillway will be done without the public being invited to view the big red cranes pulling up the slats and letting the water flow toward Lake Ponchartrain.  

COVID-19 concerns and out of precaution for the public's health, the event is closed.  

Approximately one-half of the spillway will be opened, meaning between 95-and-120 spillway bays will be opened.  

Corps of Engineer Lt. Colonel Stephen Murphy says the diversion will move between 120-to-130,000 cubic feet of water per second through the spillway and out to Lake Ponchartrain.  

The Colonel stated the move to open the spillway comes with the acknowledgement of the kind of environmental impact done on the lake and Gulf of Mexico.  

He expects the spillway to release just a fraction of last years 252 day long dual openings.   

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