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Corps of Engineers watching Mississippi River levees

Mississippi River levels rise (Source: WVUE image) Mississippi River levels rise (Source: WVUE image)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

With the Mississippi River above 11 feet at the Carrollton gauge in New Orleans, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activates its Phase I flood fight procedures.

That means the Corps will be working closely with levee authorities to keep a close eye on levees along the river.

Starting this week, they'll conduct weekly inspections on east bank levees downriver of Baton Rouge and west bank levees downriver of Donaldsonville. The inspections will continue twice a week until the water level falls below 11 feet at the Carrollton gauge.

The Corps says the increased patrols help ensure they can respond quickly to any problem areas that develop along the levees because of the higher water.

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