Corps Announces Phase I Flood Fight On LMR Below Baton Rouge

The New Orleans Engineer District announced January 9 the activation of its Phase I flood fight between Baton Rouge, La., and the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The Corps initiates the Phase I flood fight when the Mississippi River at the Carrollton Gage in New Orleans, La., goes above 11 feet, which occurred January 9. According to current forecasts from the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River at New Orleans is expected to crest at about 12.3 feet on January 16, then begin a slow fall on January 20. Current models predict a fall below 11 feet about a week later.

The Corps’ Phase I flood fight involves twice-weekly patrols along levees on both banks of the river from Baton Rouge south.

“The increased patrols help ensure our ability to respond quickly to any problem areas that may develop along the levee system because of the elevated water levels,” the Corps said in a statement.

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The Corps also prohibits certain construction activities within 1,500 feet of the levee once the Carrollton Gage reaches 11 feet. Prohibited activities include the transport of heavy loads over the levee, disturbing grass cover and conducting subsurface work within 1,500 feet of the levee.