SLFPA-W Operations During Current Mississippi River High Water
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority West (SLFPAW) is currently conducting high water inspections on the river seven days per week. The Corps of Engineers began operation of the Bonnet Carre Spillway on April 3rd in order to keep the water level below 17 feet at the Carrollton gage, which is the flood stage in New Orleans. As of Tuesday April 7th, the Corps of Engineers has opened 45 out of 350 bays at the Bonnet Carre Spillway. The openings are expected to have a short duration and the Corps of Engineers will begin closing the bays as the river levels begin to drop below 17 feet at Carrollton. SLFPAW, will continue to inspect river levees seven days per week until the river levels fall below 15 feet at the Carrollton gage. After that, SLFPAW will inspect the river levees five days per week until the river falls below the bank full stage of 11 feet. There are currently no major issues on the levees.
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