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Mississippi River taking longer than expected to crest

The Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway on March 8, 2018. (FOX 8) The Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway on March 8, 2018. (FOX 8)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The Mississippi River now stands at 16.4 feet at the Carrollton gauge as of 7 a.m. Wednesday. 

The river was supposed to hit 17 feet Tuesday night but is taking longer to crest than expected. 

The Army Corps of Engineers has now opened 148 bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway as of Wednesday morning. 

The Corps started the process last week in order to relieve the pressure of the river levees downstream. 

This is the fourth time in 10 calendar years that the Corps has opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway. 

Crews are on watch for when the river hits the 17 feet mark. 

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