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Archive: May, 2019

    NEW ORLEANS – Based on the current forecast, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is delaying operation of the Morganza Floodway until June 6, 2019.
  • Pending operation of the Morganza Floodway

    NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will initiate the process of gradually opening the Morganza Floodway on June 2, 2019 to prevent overtopping of the control structure. The slow-opening process will take three days during which time USACE will limit accumulation in the floodway to one foot per day. The corps anticipates that a diverted flow of 150,000 cubic feet per second by June 5 will be required to keep the river below the structure’s elevation of 60 feet.
  • USACE to operate Morganza Control Structure

    NEW ORLEANS – Mississippi River Commission President and United States Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division Commander Maj. Gen. Richard Kaiser has approved the request to operate the Morganza Control Structure and Floodway. If forecasted conditions remain unchanged, the operation will begin on June 2, 2019.
  • Corps awards vegetation clearing contract for risk reduction project

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District recently awarded the first of two vegetation and tree clearing contracts for work related to the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Risk Reduction Project (WSLP) in St. Charles, St. John and St. James parishes.
  • TODAY: Corps to operate Bonnet Carré Spillway

    Based on changes to the current and forecasted conditions the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will operate the Bonnet Carré Spillway today as early as 1 p.m.
  • Corps to host public meetings to discuss South Central Coast Study

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District is hosting two public meetings to gather input on the feasibility study for hurricane protection and storm damage reduction for the South Central Coast of Louisiana.
  • High Water in the Mississippi River Valley

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – Protecting people, infrastructure, commerce, agriculture and energy are always at the forefront of what we do at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division (MVD). National Weather Service (NWS) analyses show a high pressure area located near the Southeast coast of the United States and a large trough out west. “This is the same pattern seen in most of the significant flooding events in the Mississippi Valley over the past 120 years, including the high water experienced earlier this year,” said Bill Frederick, senior NWS meteorologist and NWS liaison at the Mississippi Valley Division. NWS model guidance suggests this pattern will continue through at least the middle of May and will produce areas of very heavy rains across the Mississippi watershed. Currently, models show the heaviest rains falling over the Arkansas/Red/White/lower Missouri/middle Mississippi/Illinois valleys.