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Flood fight operations at Mississippi River end

Devdiscourse News Desk | Washington DC | Updated: 14-08-2019 22:32 IST | Created: 14-08-2019 22:27 IST
Flood fight operations at Mississippi River end
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The United States Army Corps of Engineers has announced that the flood fight operations at Mississippi River have ended. The water levels along the Mississippi River have dropped below 11 feet at the Carrollton Gag after 242 days that prompted the US Army Corps of Engineers to close out flood fight efforts.

A restriction of certain construction activities within 1,500 feet of the Mississippi River levees was included in the flood fight but now that the river is below 11 feet at the Carrollton Gage these restrictions are lifted.

The Corps of Engineers advised the permit holders and residents to contact their local levee districts for detailed information regarding their projects.

This historic and unprecedented high water event began almost 10 months ago and surpassed the 1973 high water event, 225 days, as the longest in the New Orleans District's history. This event also marked the first time the Bonnet Carre Spillway was operated in back-to-back years, twice in one year, as well as the longest single opening at 79 days and a combined 123 days open this year.

Throughout this high water event, the Corps of Engineers worked closely with federal, state, and local partners to coordinate efforts and conduct inspections of the entire river levee system to ensure it would perform as designed and safely pass the high water.

The Corps will continue to work with the state and local levee boards during post-flood inspections while beginning work to reset and restore the levee system on the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers.


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