NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A rising Mississippi River prompts the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to activate its Phase 1 flood fight procedures.
Engineers will work closely with local levee authorities to patrol river levees south of Baton Rouge until the water level drops below 11 feet at the Carrollton Gauge. Monday's water level at the Carrollton Gauge measured 12.3 feet.
The National Weather Service's latest forecast shows the river cresting Wednesday at 13 feet. The crest at Carrollton is expected to last between two and three days.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers calls Phase 1 a "proactive measure," which helps ensure engineers' ability to respond quickly to problem areas that may develop.