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U.S. Army Corps to finish closing Bonnet Carre Spillway today

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will finish closing the Bonnet Carre Spillway Monday after opening the structure to divert some of the swollen Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain.

The Corps initially opened the bays to relieve pressure on the rising river and keep the water below 17 feet in New Orleans.

Along with closing the final bays, the Corps will also discuss the status of the river later today.

Crews began opening the bays on January 10 and started closing some of them last week.

210 bays were opened during the 22-day period to divert water from the river to the lake.

This is the 11th time the spillway has been opened since it was built in 1931.

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