Rising Mississippi River prompts levee inspections

Rising Mississippi River prompts levee inspections

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Mississippi River at the Carrollton gauge in New Orleans has risen above 11 feet, prompting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District to activate Phase I flood fight procedures.

Closely coordinating efforts with the local levee authorities, the New Orleans District will begin patrolling the levees along the Mississippi River south of Baton Rouge twice weekly until the water level drops below 11 feet at the Carrollton gauge.

Phase I is triggered when the Mississippi River reaches 11 feet and is forecast to continue to rise. The increased patrols help ensure the ability of the corps to respond to any problem areas that may develop along the levee system because of the elevated water levels.

The current water level at the Carrollton Gage is 11.7 feet. The National Weather Service's latest forecast shows the river cresting March 13 at 13 feet. The crest at Carrollton will last between two and three days and then begin to fall.

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