Potential Morganza Spillway opening delayed once again

Potential Morganza opening delayed once again

MORGANZA, LA (WAFB) - The Morganza Spillway will not open before Wednesday, January 13, according to a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers Friday evening.

The change to the Morganza timeline is the result of a new river forecast suggesting that the two triggers for opening the gates will be met on January 13, a day later than anticipated when a timeline was announced Thursday.

In order to open the Morganza Spillway, water must reach a height of 57 feet and flow at a rate of 1.5 million cubic feet per second.

This is the second day in a row that the Army Corps has issued a delay for the tentative opening date. On Wednesday, the plan was to open the gates on Monday, January 11. That plan was subsequently pushed back by a day when an updated forecast was released Thursday.

That pattern continued on Friday.

The Army Corps has still not yet officially announced whether they will be operating the spillway. If this pattern of delays continues, the structure may not have to be opened at all, according to Army Corps spokesman Ricky Boyett.

On Thursday, the Army Corps already downgraded the overall extent of the operation at Morganza. On Wednesday, the plan was to open 14 bays for about 10 days. With the new forecasts, that estimate has been cut back.

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