The rainfall from Tropical Storm Barry will dump into lakes, tributaries and the Mississippi River. One thing is for sure, the Mississippi River levels will rise, and this will likely result in keeping the Bonnet Carre Spillway open even longer.
Last month, leaders with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi River Valley Authority said there was a strong possibility they would close the Bonnet Barre Spillway in southeast Louisiana when the Mississippi River got down to a certain level, possibly in mid-July.
Now with Tropical Storm Barry, heavy rainfall is expected along with more flooding, casting doubt a decision will be made any time soon to close the Bonnet Carre Spillway.
This will likely be a hot topic at a debate scheduled in less than two weeks as republican candidates for Mississippi governor take to the platform. The televised debate is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23. Candidates Robert Foster, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and Bill Waller, Jr. have confirmed they will all take part in this debate. WXXV News 25 will provide coverage of this event.