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Chris Miller
June 18, 2019 - 9:36 am
After months of high water, some river gauges on the lower Mississippi are finally showing the water going down, it looks like at least a month before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can even consider closing the Bonnet Carre spillway. The corps narrowly avoided having to open the Morganza...
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Don Ames
June 13, 2019 - 8:37 pm
Officials with The National Transportation Safety Board say the company that operated a towboat that sank in a deadly 2018 accident near New Orleans failed to adequately check the qualifications of a pilot hired to guide the vessel. The NTSB released the report Thursday, saying that placing an "...
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Chris Miller
June 06, 2019 - 1:17 pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not open the Morganza Floodway this Sunday after all, and says it now does not have an expected opening date. Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves tweeted the news early this afternoon. Morganza Spillway update: As of today, the Corps has announced it will NOT...
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Chris Miller
June 03, 2019 - 2:16 pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says conditions won't require opening the Morganza Floodway for a little while longer. The Corps today announced it is delaying the expected opening until Sunday, June 9. "The Mississippi River is predicted to reach 60 ft. at the structure on June 12, 2019 instead...
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Chris Miller
May 30, 2019 - 4:01 pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Thursday announced that a change in the forecast has delayed the planned opening of the Morganza Floodway from Sunday, June 2 to Thursday, June 6. "The Mississippi River is predicted to reach 60 ft. at the structure on June 9, 2019 instead of the previously...
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Chris Miller
May 10, 2019 - 11:12 am
The Army Corps of Engineers today announced they will open the Bonnet Carre spillway as early as 1 p.m. this afternoon. The corps said due to the heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours, it moved up its planned opening, which had originally been requested for Tuesday. It is an unprecedented second...
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May 09, 2019 - 1:12 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The Army Corps of Engineers' New Orleans office is asking to do something unprecedented: open a historic flood control structure above New Orleans for the second time in one year. This comes as floods across the Midwest have caused billions of dollars of damage to homes, farms...
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Chris Miller
April 11, 2019 - 4:50 pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the final bays of the Bonnet Carré spillway today, determining that the river's flow rate had slowed to the point that it no longer needs to be diverted into Lake Pontchartrain. "The Spillway’s 13th operation began Feb. 27 and continued for another 43 days,"...
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March 26, 2019 - 4:19 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The Army Corps of Engineers says the level of the Mississippi River is falling at New Orleans, and the Corps has begun closing a historic flood control structure that diverts the river's water. Corps spokesman Matt Roe said Tuesday the process could take 10 days to two weeks if...
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Chris Miller
March 26, 2019 - 11:03 am
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today said they are starting the shutdown of the Bonnet Carre spillway. The corps already closed some of the bays on the spillway earlier this month, after determining river flow was beginning to slow down. "The Spillway’s 13 operation began Feb. 27 and continued...
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