The Bonnet Carre Spillway

So last weekend when the fam and I decided to journey to plantation country…River Rd…we chose to follow the northern portion of the Mississippi River. It is definitely different from the southern side in that it is littered with factories, plants, industrial stations… Steam and smoke and that usual egg smell that is synonymous with progress. Occasionally you would see an old, beautiful plantation home or ancient farm house that the local communities had not yet torn down. Oh well. Also on our journey we happened upon the Bonnet Carre Spillway. I had never seen it before and had only heard of it when the threat or existence of highwaters from the river were knocking at New Orleans’ door. It was actually quite impressive! A large wall finished in 1931. A concrete and wood relief door for the mighty Mississippi. I’m actually pretty ashamed of the fact that I have never traveled down there to witness the opening of the floodgates. Next time….I will be first in line. Here are just a few snapshots of the spillway.

Bonnet Carre Spillway

Bonne Carre Spillway

Bonnet Carre Spillway

Here’s a quick video I found on youtube showing how they release the river…

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~ by ryantyrl on October 13, 2011.

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