The Advocate: Bonnet Carre spillway to be opened Wednesday, first time ever used in back-to-back years

With rising water levels on the Mississippi River, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would open the Bonnet Carre spillway on Wednesday.

It will be the 13th time flooding the spillway and the first time since the concrete diversion structure was built in 1931 that it was used two years in a row. The Bonnet Carre’ also was opened in 2016 — meaning it will have been opened three times in four years.

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