Spillway closing delayed a bit more because of Barry

Rain coming down from the valley will determine when the spillway will close

Jim Hanzo
July 16, 2019 - 7:49 am

As Barry barreled though Lousiana over the weekend, what does this mean for the closing of the Bonnet Carre Spillway?  

The US Army Corps of Engineers had planned on closing the spillway in the coming days and then Barry came through.  

Ricky Boyett with the Army Corps of Engineers explains what they are waiting for...

"Right now we are really wating on the rain to finish for Barry as it moves up the valley it's putting more rain in the river, and obviously that rain has to come down to us," Boyett said.  

Boyett says the structure itself has to have water level of 21 feet and that's somewhere between 16 and 15 and a half here in New Orleans. 

So when will the Spillway finally be closed?  

"It's really going to depend," Boyett said.  "The weather service hasn't been able to take in the full accounting for the rain that's going to be falling in the valley in the next couple of days.  That's really going to be the determining factor.  We'll know better in a few days of what we are going to be seeing."

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