The Mississippi River is still on the rise and has reached 15 feet in New Orleans, prompting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to call for daily river levee inspections.
Earlier this month, additional inspections were called for when the river got to 11 feet in New Orleans, which only allowed work near the levee with special permission from the Corps.
At 15 feet, all work within 1,500 feet of the levee is halted from Baton Rouge south, and it’s possible that the daily inspections could be put in place on the Atchafalaya River levees later this week, according to a news release from the Corps.
On Monday, the river stage in New Orleans was at 15.1 feet and expected to rise to 16 feet by Tuesday before starting to fall. In Baton Rouge, the river was at 38.1 feet on Monday and expected to rise to 38.7 feet later in the day.