Water levels in the Mississippi River have reached a sufficient depth to cause the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin daily inspections of the levees from Baton Rouge to Venice.
Inspectors will look for any problems on the levees, such as scouring or sand boils. In addition, construction projects within 1,500 feet of the levee system must be shut down, according to a Corps news release.
Lower Mississippi River levels are expected to continue to rise for several days, reaching a peak of 38.2 feet in Baton Rouge on Tuesday. Flood stage, or the point at which water would normally flow over the river banks, is set at 35 feet in Baton Rouge. The levees protect to at least 47 feet.
In New Orleans, the river is expected to continue rising from the present level of 15 feet to a maximum of 15.5 feet Wednesday. Flood stage in New Orleans is 17 feet, but the levees protect the city up to 20 feet.
Although the Corps is watching water levels on the Atchafalaya River system, monitoring is not yet necessary, according to the release.