The process of closing the Bonnet Carre Spillway is now under way. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the announcement Monday. As it stands, more than half of the Bonnet Carre’s 350-bays are still open.
Monday, the Corps closed 10 of the spillway’s open bays. There are still 158 to go, a process expected to take at least six more days to complete.
Corps leaders say the Mississippi River is still running fast and high and that this is the first opportunity they’ve had since those first pins were pulled 74 days ago. Corps leaders say they’ll continue to closely monitor the river levels to make sure the river does not stress the New Orleans levee system.
Tuesday night, the public is invited to attend a meeting at the St. Martin Community Center on Lemoyne Boulevard, starting at 7:30 pm.
Leaders with the Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, as well as the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies will be on hand to address the spillway opening’s effects in our area and answer questions.
This is the second time the Bonnet Carre Spillway has opened twice within a year – setting a precedent that has drawn criticism from locals as well as state leaders in Mississippi.
This is now the longest the spillway has been open in its history.