Dusk on First Full Day of Bonnet Carré Spillway January 2016 Opening

by admin on 2016/01/11

The Bonnet Carré Spillway opened yesterday, and here are some pictures from today, late in the afternoon of Monday 11 January 2016.

I have explained in some previous articles what the Bonnet Carré Spillway is.

For our first view, we are on the guiding levee on the dowriver side of the spillway in Norco looking southward toward the river. You can see that 10 bays have been opened, which were opened the previous day, suggesting that no bays were opened on this Monday.

For our second view, we are in the same spot on the guiding levee on the downriver side of the spillway in Norco looking southward toward the river, and we are just zoomed in with the telephoto lens.

The grassy area in the foreground apparently is not low enough to be covered by the water, but it should be noted that the guiding levee here is not quite perpendicular to the spillway weir.
In the background can be seen the former Union Carbide (now Dow) chemical plant in Taft.

Next is a cropped version of the previous image, better showing the flow and fall of water from the Mississippi River into the spillway.

This is a westward view of the first of three railroad bridges that cross the spillway. This is part of the former Illinois Central Railroad’s subsidiary Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad mainline between Memphis and New Orleans via Baton Rouge and Vicksburg; today, it is part of the Baton Rouge Subdivsion of the Canadian National Railway and carries local (originating or terminating in southeastern Louisiana) traffic only.

Last week, with the spillway still opened, I got a shot of a train on this bridge.

Over on the other side of the spillway in Montz, we’re looking back toward Norco and the open bays at the now opposite end of the weir.

Yes, I already posted all of these pictures on Facebook.

Now, we’re back on the Norco side.  The area between the river and the weir is known as the “forebay,” and, normally, it is dry, but when the water level is very high like this, it’s just an extension of the river; here, you can see, from the edge of the river, the water in the forebay going to the spillway.

Under normal circumstances, you can walk right up to this gauge in the forebay.

Some local guys are taking advantage of the situation inside the spillway!

For our final view, it’s getting dark, the light sensitivity settings on the camera are up, and we’re looking across the river at the Dow plant at Taft again.

Thanks for checking out these images.

JBX

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