Spillway Road opens


November 16, 2009 at 9:01 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Because of a high rise in the Mississippi River, several areas of Spillway Road are covered with 2.5 to 3 feet of water.
Jonathan Menard
Because of a high rise in the Mississippi River, several areas of Spillway Road are covered with 2.5 to 3 feet of water.
After being closed due to an unusually high rise of the Mississippi River, Spillway Road is now open.

Heavy rain in the Midwest recently sent water downstream, which caused the Mississippi River to rise. Water began pouring through the spillway on Nov. 6 and the road began to take on water that weekend.

Parish workers tried to get through the road in a truck on Nov. 9 and were unable to do so, which caused the parish to close it.

In 2008, the road was badly damaged by the opening of the spillway. Because of that damage, the parish had to repair 28 areas of the road. Seventy-two feet of box culverts were also supplied by the corps.

"Please use caution when traveling the road since some areas will be patched with limestone," Parish spokeswoman Renee Simpson said.

 




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