Corps: Changes at Morganza flood control structure
BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold public meetings next week on plans to tweak the way the Morganza flood control structure is operated during floods.
The Morganza flood control structure diverts water from the Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya floodway to help prevent too much water from getting downriver.
Normally, the structure is opened when the river reaches a flow rate of 1.5 million cubic feet per second and rising. However, the river bottom has changed over the years, which has led to higher water flow levels in 2011.
Ricky Boyett, Corps spokesman, tells The Advocate the Corps is proposing making sure the structure is operated so that the river water height doesn't get higher than 57 feet.
Meetings will be held in St. Martinville, Morgan City and Baton Rouge.