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4 May 2011 Coleen Perilloux Landry

River Road through Spillway Closed - May 4, 2011 - Gauge at 19 feet 4 inches

Bonnet Carre Spillway - Louisiana

As water rushes through the cracks in the Spillway locks and over the road, officials closed the River Road through the Spillway between Montz and Norco. I was most unhappy as this cut off most of my photography opportunities in the Spillway. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to open the locks of the structure on May 8 and this entire area will be a scene of angry River water making its way to Lake Pontchartrain.
Meteorologists have predicted this spring season to see the highest levels in the Mississippi River since 1973 and plans are to also open the Morganza Spillway above Baton Rouge.

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Frank Wilson05-May-2011 23:31
I hope your home is in no danger. Growing up on the banks of the Ohio, flooding was always one of our biggest worries.
nightwings05-May-2011 22:58
Donna and I were talking about that this morning, seeing that the Corps has blown up levees up north, it would be only a matter of time before they would open the Bonnet Carrw. I remember the nightmare created the last time they opened the Morganza.
Karen Stuebing05-May-2011 22:20
I hope this works out okay. It sounds kind of dangerous. Great scenic with all the green and water though.
laine05-May-2011 19:05
Some good will come of it surely....seems you may be about to have what we had these past " wet season " I hope with not the same destruction :(
Ed Preston05-May-2011 16:57
Well, no model airplane flying either. :-) I'm sure you will have some other opportunities for some excellent photos from here or on the other side. Stay on the high and dry side!
mitchsphotos05-May-2011 16:30
It looks like the water has come up considerably in the last couple of days. Good photo that shows exatcly what is happening.