- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to open the Bonnet Carre (BAH-nee KAR-ee) Spillway on Sunday after heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising river water stages.

The Corps, in a news release Thursday, said the Sunday opening will divert river water into Lake Pontchartrain and help keep the volume of Mississippi River flows at New Orleans from exceeding 1.25 million cubic feet per second - enough to fill the Superdome in a minute and 40 seconds.

Opening of the spillway will begin at about 10 a.m.

The Bonnet Carre has been opened 10 times, most recently during the record floods of 2011.

The spillway may be open for several weeks. All public access areas within the spillway will be closed beginning Sunday until further notice.

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