NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Army Corps of Engineers says it will start closing the bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway the first week of February. Engineers started opening the bays of the spillway on Jan. 10.
Two-hundred and ten of the spillways 350 bays are open, diverting water from the swollen Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain. Crews say the plan should keep the Mississippi River below 17 feet above sea level as it passes through New Orleans. The Corps originally anticipated opening all of the bays, but the National Weather Service lowered the forecast for how high the river will rise.
The spillway was last opened in 2011.