Bonnet Carre Spillway Will Likely Reopen Due To River Levels

Louisiana Opens Spillway To Divert Rising Mississippi River

People look on as water from the rising Mississippi River is released through the Bonnet Carre Spillway May 9, 2011 in Norco, Louisiana. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is anticipating the Mississippi River to rise past the level that will trigger the re-opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

The river is continuing to rise because of flooding rain levels across the middle Mississippi River Valley.

Experts say the river will likely remain high throughout the month of May, and believe it will make it's third crest in 2019 on May 17th at 16.8t feet.

According to the corps, the spillway has never been opened twice in one year.

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