The Bonnet Carre Spillway could open as soon as Friday, April 4th, according to the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers. Right now, the Mississippi River is rising. Forecasters say the river could crest at 17.3 ft at the Carrollton gauge. 17 ft. is considered flood stage. Officials have said the opening will not be public this time. This is done to prevent large gatherings amid the current COVID-19 outbreak.
The opening would mark a record as the spillway would be opened for a 3rd consecutive year which has never happened before. Last year, officials were forced to open the spillway twice sending trillions of fertilizer-laden fresh water into Lake Pontchartrain. For more information about last years Spillway openings, visit: https://wilcomarshbuggies.com/the-corps-opens-the-bonnet-carre-spillway-again/
About The Spillway
The Bonnet Carré Spillway is part of the Mississippi River and Tributaries project (MR&T), according to the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The Spillway is the southernmost floodway in the MR&T system. Located in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, the spillway reduces risk for New Orleans and other downstream communities during major floods on the Mississippi River. This risk reduction is accomplished by diverting a portion of the floodwaters into Lake Pontchartrain and then into the Gulf of Mexico, bypassing New Orleans. This spillway was first opened during the flood of 1937.