Bonnet Carre Spillway Opens for 2nd Time This Year Making HIstory

@kareng (10905)
United States
May 13, 2019 1:21am CST
The Bonnet Carre Spillway was opened on Friday, May 11, 2019, by the Army Corps of Engineers for the second time this year making history. The Spillway has never been opened twice in one year before, only on consecutive years. Due to all the rain received in Louisiana for the past few weeks, the Mississippi Rivers was at or near flood stage at multiple points along the river. The decision was made to open the Spillway again to prevent flooding along the Mississippi River. When the gates are opened for the Bonnet Care Spillway the water from the Mississippi River flows through the gates into Lake Ponchartrain. The gates are opened one by one and it is quite a site to witness. Photo: Bonnet Carre Spillway, Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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@just4him (152980)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 May
I've noticed the Mississippi River is in flood stage along most of the river for over a month now. It's good there's a way to alleviate it.
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@just4him (152980)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 May
@kareng We've had flooding for a couple of months now. There was a report of increased flooding in a town near Green Bay that the flood waters have risen again. They're not expecting the river to go below flood stage before Friday. That will only happen if it doesn't rain anymore before then. However, today is the only day this week now that it won't rain. The rest of the week is calling for rain, but I don't know how bad it will be. I also saw on the forecast that the Mississippi around Louisiana is flooded.
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@kareng (10905)
• United States
16 May
@just4him Yes, it is above flood stage at several points. Many areas are visible where the water has seeped or leaded through the levee which really looks odd. Hopefully, opening the Spillway will have the levels going down soon.
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@just4him (152980)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 May
@kareng I hope it does come down soon.
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@Bensen32 (2705)
• United States
13 May
Well hope that prevents major flooding. Maybe I am missing something or you just have to be there. People come out to see water flow into a lake? Seems like a big turn out to see what flowing into a lake.
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@kareng (10905)
• United States
13 May
Opening the Spillway used to only happen once in a blue moon...years and years apart. Now it opens just about every year; this year being an exception with the second opening of the year for the first time in history. So what used to be a once or twice in your life happening is now a common event.
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@Bensen32 (2705)
• United States
14 May
@kareng I guess that is why everyone is out there to see it.
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@kareng (10905)
• United States
17 May
@Bensen32 After all my years living in LA, I never went to an opening of the Spillway. Always shown on the news and that is good enough for me. lol
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@Sreekala (30124)
• India
13 May
Hope there won't be any calamity with this opening. Last year, our native state witnessed floods due to opening of many dams in one go. The Photo looks so bright and beautiful.
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@kareng (10905)
• United States
13 May
Yeah that sounds bad. They open the gates one by one here and on different days. It is usually 2-4 at a time as needed.
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@Sreekala (30124)
• India
14 May
@kareng That is the wise way to do it. Here, don't know how authority made a stupid decisions which costed greatly for people and property.
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@kareng (10905)
• United States
15 May
@Sreekala That is sad indeed.
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@LindaOHio (3736)
• United States
13 May
It's too bad. I don't see your picture. :-(
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@kareng (10905)
• United States
13 May
@LindaOH I had to edit the photo. It's there now.
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@LindaOHio (3736)
• United States
13 May
@kareng Wow! Cool. At least that helps prevent the flooding.
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@kareng (10905)
• United States
13 May
@LindaOHio Yes, it also pisses off the fisherman and shrimpers and other seafood captains because this destroys the balance of the ecosystem in Lake Ponchartrain. But you have to do something and until a better way is figured out, it will continue to happen.
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@JESSY3236 (9280)
• United States
14 May
cool. Hopefully it will help with flooding.
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@kareng (10905)
• United States
17 May
@Jessica It does work. It has been in place and used for many years.
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@Hate2Iron (12754)
• Canada
13 May
We have similar stories about flooding up here... sad state our countries are coming to!!