High Water Triggers Daily Levee Inspections

New Orleans, Louisiana – There are 973 miles of levees in the US Army Corps of Engineers' New Orleans District. The Corps' engineers and local levee districts regularly monitor these levees, but when the Mississippi River reaches or exceeds 15 feet at the Carrolton Gage, the Corps steps up its surveillance from once every two to three months, to every day. With the Mississippi hovering at 17 feet in New Orleans, Eve Abrams tagged along with a Corps Engineer during his daily rounds of checking how the levees are holding up to the high water.