Closely coordinating efforts with the local levee authorities, the New Orleans District began patrolling the levees this week and will continue to do so twice weekly while the river remains high.
Phase one is a proactive measure that is triggered when the Mississippi River reaches 11 feet and is forecast to continue to rise. The increased patrols help ensure our ability to quickly respond to any problem areas that may develop along the levee system because of the elevated water levels.
Typically, high water season occurs in the spring, but heavy rainfall in the Mississippi River valley has increased river water levels again. The current water level at the Carrollton Gage is 11.9 feet. The current National Weather Service crest forecast is at 14.5 feet at the Carrollton Gage February 12.
With the current forecast, the Corps does not anticipate opening the Bonnet Carré Spillway at this time.