The Corps will open the spillway to keep the volume of Mississippi River flows at New Orleans from exceeding 1.25 million cubic feet per second (cfs), which current projections indicate will occur on Wednesday (Feb. 27). Current forecasts indicate the spillway could be open for at least a month. Opening of the structure relieves pressure on local levees, lowers river stages, and reduces the speed of the river current from the spillway southward, Corps officials say.
In this photo taken in March 2018, Mississippi River water flows through the wooden slats of the Bonnet Carré Spillway.
As the Corps prepares to open the structure, here are 10 things to know about the Bonnet Carré Spillway.
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