With eye on New Orleans, Corps opens spillway

04/11/2008 | Engineering News-Record

For the first time in more than a decade, the Army Corps of Engineers said it would open the massive Bonett Carré Spillway today to relieve mounting pressure on the levees protecting New Orleans. On Friday, the Corps planned to begin raising some of the 7,000 "needles" in the structure, allowing water from the swollen Mississippi River to rush into an 8,000-acre floodway that empties into Lake Pontchartrain, and eventually the Gulf of Mexico. "Our number one priority is to protect the safety of the citizens of New Orleans," said Christopher Accardo, chief of operations for the New Orleans District.

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