Army Corps starts daily patrols on Mississippi River levees
NEW ORLEANS – Due to rising river levels, the Army Corps of Engineers will start daily patrols on all levees along the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to Venice, La.
The Army Corps released a statement Wednesday saying that the river has risen to 15 feet at the Carrolton gage, prompting them to activate the second phase of flood fight procedures.
The corps said the New Orleans district will work with local levee authorities to begin daily patrols along levees from Baton Rouge to Venice. Also, all construction projects within 1500 feet of the levee system must shut down.
The Army Corps said the increase patrols will allow engineers to respond quickly to problem areas that could develop because of the rising water levels.
Phase two will not be activated in the Atchafalaya, but the corps said it is also monitoring river levels there.