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23 April 2008 Coleen Perilloux Landry

Spillway Gauge - April 23, 2008

Some 160 of the 350 bays in the Spillway locks have been opened for 12 days and billions of gallons of water have traveled through the locks towards Lake Pontchartrain, yet the River level here (see previous photos in gallery) is still the same as the day the Spillway was opened.
It is expected to stay at this level for at least another week.
Therefore, I ask the question---if it is still so high why not open more bays?
Now I remember the reason--if the water level drops too sharply some of the levees upriver may cave in.

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Jackdad24-Apr-2008 22:29
all that water's making me seasick! ;-)
laine8224-Apr-2008 16:46
Since much of our country is frying in long drought this would be a welcome sight.
Neal Nye24-Apr-2008 11:27
What an amazing structure this is. Most of us had no idea it even existed. Your visual and verbal descriptions of it are just fascinating!
Cindi Smith24-Apr-2008 03:12
I'm learning a lot from these images. Let us know when the water starts to recede!
Guest 24-Apr-2008 01:56
There will be a test on Friday!
Better take notes
Nice job Coleen
Guest 24-Apr-2008 00:37
We have noticed the same about the water level. Great documentary.
Erase our earlier thought about Morganza. With the Atchafalaya rising already and over flood stage at Morgan City, more major problems for Louisiana.
Troy Bertrand23-Apr-2008 22:13
Hi Coleen,
I have been following your very good coverage of the spillway gallery,
so much so that I even read up on the history of it, and it is really an incredible structure. Is the fact that the locks have been opened a few days and still no drop in water level and concern to the N.O. area?

Look forward to more news from ya,