NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Mississippi reached 12.02 feet at the Carrollton gauge Friday morning, up a quarter of a foot in the last 24 hours.
The Army Corps of Engineers says rising river levels are not unusual for this time of year as snow melts and rain falls upriver. However, the Corps will be keeping a close watch on the water as it makes its way to the Gulf.
Workers opened the overbank structure at the Old River Control Complex Thursday to help relieve pressure on the structures near the Louisiana Mississippi state line. Emergency workers say it's just a precaution, but they can't open the gates of the river gets much higher.
Downriver in New Orleans, the Army Corps activated its phase 1 flood fight.
The National Weather Service forecast calls for the river to crest at 14 feet of the Carrollton gauge. The Corps does not expect to take any more precautions like opening the Spillway.