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Coleen Perilloux Landry | profile | all galleries >> Bonnet Carre' Spillway Gallery tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Bonnet Carre' Spillway Gallery

If you click on each small photo you will get a larger photo with a narrative underneath the photo, so please scroll down under the photo and enjoy.

LOCATION: In St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, between the towns of Montz and Norco and some 33 miles above Canal Street in New Orleans. On the Montz side you can get to the structure by taking the CCC Road off of LA Hwy 61 (Airline Highway). On the Norco side you can get to the structure by taking Apple Street to the River Road off of LA Hwy 61 (Airline Highway). Turn west on River Road.

I chose to begin this gallery while the River was near flood stage in January 2005, otherwise the full impact of the structure could not be realized. This Spillway should have been built in St. John the Baptist Parish in the area known as Crevasse where a huge levee break occurred at the turn of the century. To this day Crevasse is still a disaster. Instead of displacing so many people and destroying producing plantations, it would have been better in the Crevasse. However, Leon Godchaux, a sugar baron in St. John Parish, and politics prevailed.
The word "Bonnet Carre'" means Square Bonnet symbolizing the bonnets that the ladies in the area wore. The area where the Spillway lies is part of the original German Coast in Louisiana. It is in St. Charles Parish.

The Bonnet Carre' Spillway was carved out of the towns of MONTZ, LOUISIANA and SELLARS, LOUISIANA in 1928 and completed in 1931. Several plantations and smaller properties were expropriated by the federal government for this project--the four plantations being Delhommer, Hermitage, Roseland and Myrtle Land. The Kugler families owned Hermitage and Delhommer at the time of the displacement. The Trepagnier Family built Myrtle Land. Our family friends, the Kugler family, lost their land, house and cemetery to the Spillway. The Corps was supposed to move the remains of the people buried in the two cemeteries in the Spillway, however, in the 1950's a backhoe hit a casket while digging in the Spillway and it was discovered that the cemeteries had been left as is. Most of the people buried in the cemeteries were black, people who had lived and worked on the plantations all their lives and preferred to be buried there. They saved the costs of public cemeteries. Other families who owned property that was taken by the Corps were the Simoneaux and Perilloux families.
The Spillway was considered a design marvel in its time. 135,000 cubic yards of concrete of sufficient strength to fight the forces of the Mississippi River was used. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers designed a special concrete that would handle just over 5,000 pounds per square inch to use in the sructure. The product has seen little if no change from when it was built. The total cost was $14,212,200.
The length of the Spillway from the River to Lake Pontchartrain is 5.7 miles and contains 7,623 acres. From Lake Pontchartrain the water flows into the Rigolets into the Gulf of Mexico.
The structure itself is 7000 feet long and contains 350 bays which are filled with pine "needles" that are lifted out by 2 cranes. The Spillway has been opened 8 times--in 1937, 1945, 1950, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1983, and 1997. It is opened when the river gauge at Carrolton in New Orleans threatens to top 20 feet. The Spillway was built to prevent the City of New Orleans from flooding.
It is a habitat and nesting grounds for thousands of birds and also a site for migrating birds.
When the Spillway is dry it is used for many recreational events including dog trials, model airplane competition, fishing, hunting, birdwatching, photography, running and motorcycle riding.
If you click on the small image you will get a full screen. Be certain to scroll down and read under each photo as I usually write a story or history.
April 11, 2008 - The Spillway was opened for the ninth time in its history.
MAY 9, 2011 - The Spillway was opened for the tenth time in its history and all 320 bays were opened.

ALL PHOTOS, INFORMATION AMD INTERVIEWS WRITTEN HERE BY ME ARE COPYRIGHTED BY ME AND CANNOT BE USED OR DUPLICATED IN ANY WAY WITHOUT EXPRESS WRITTEN CONSENT FROM ME.
DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES COPY OR USE MY PHOTOS WITHOUT PERMISSION.
Structure from west to east
Structure from west to east
Cranes wait in readiness
Cranes wait in readiness
Mississippi overflows its bounds - 2005
Mississippi overflows its bounds - 2005
Close-up of the bays
Close-up of the bays
Spillway Bays
Spillway Bays
Water and sun seep through bays
Water and sun seep through bays
White pelican in Bonnet Carre Spillway -2005
White pelican in Bonnet Carre Spillway -2005
Out of Bounds - 2005
Out of Bounds - 2005
Rushing Waters - 2005
Rushing Waters - 2005
Riding High
Riding High
Mississippi at flood stage -2005
Mississippi at flood stage -2005
National Champion_Drake_from Missouri
National Champion_Drake_from Missouri
This River Runs Through My Soul
This River Runs Through My Soul
Pelicans enjoying migration
Pelicans enjoying migration
Skilled pilot
Skilled pilot
Bringing in the Bird
Bringing in the Bird
Quest for the Red Winged Blackbird
Quest for the Red Winged Blackbird
River Batture at Bonnet Carre' Spillway
River Batture at Bonnet Carre' Spillway
Blackberries and red and green and.....
Blackberries and red and green and.....
Blackeyed Susans
Blackeyed Susans
River Watching
River Watching
River Side of the Spillway Locks
River Side of the Spillway Locks
A Spillway Pond
A Spillway Pond
Sunset Over the Bonnet Carre Spillway
Sunset Over the Bonnet Carre Spillway
The Sand Man Cometh
The Sand Man Cometh
Wildflowers of Spring
Wildflowers of Spring
Charles Joseph Perilloux, Sr. (my oldest brother)
Charles Joseph Perilloux, Sr. (my oldest brother)
Spirit of Louisiana
Spirit of Louisiana
Bonnet Carre' Spillway
Bonnet Carre' Spillway
Glorious Day
Glorious Day
 Live Oak
Live Oak
River on the Rise - February 23, 2008.
River on the Rise - February 23, 2008.
The Raging Mississippi River - March 18, 2008
The Raging Mississippi River - March 18, 2008
High Water - March 18, 2008
High Water - March 18, 2008
March 23, 2008
March 23, 2008
March 27, 2008
March 27, 2008
March 27, 2008 -Spillway Needles and Gauge
March 27, 2008 -Spillway "Needles" and Gauge
Fishing for Bait  - River Rise 2008
Fishing for Bait - River Rise 2008
Supper From the Mississippi River - River Rise 2008
Supper From the Mississippi River - River Rise 2008
March 28, 2008
March 28, 2008
River Road Is Closed Through the Spillway
River Road Is Closed Through the Spillway
March 31, 2008 - River Rose a Foot Since March 28
March 31, 2008 - River Rose a Foot Since March 28
River Nears Flood Stage - March 31, 2008
River Nears Flood Stage - March 31, 2008
Testing, Testing,   One.......Two.....April 1, 2008
Testing, Testing, One.......Two.....April 1, 2008
Water, Water, Everywhere - Thursday's Challenge
Water, Water, Everywhere - Thursday's Challenge
Riding High
Riding High
Corps Returning from Examining the Structure
Corps Returning from Examining the Structure
April 6, 2008 - 4:00 p.m.
April 6, 2008 - 4:00 p.m.
The River Runs Wide, Swift and Deep-April 6, 2008
The River Runs Wide, Swift and Deep-April 6, 2008
April 9, 2008
April 9, 2008
Seeping Through the Locks - April 9, 2008
"Seeping" Through the Locks - April 9, 2008
Historic Place
Historic Place
Bonnet Carre' Spillway Needle
Bonnet Carre' Spillway "Needle"
April 11, 2008- Ninth Opening of the Spillway - Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World
April 11, 2008- Ninth Opening of the Spillway - Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World
River Gauge Shortly  Before the Noon Opening - April 11, 2008
River Gauge Shortly Before the Noon Opening - April 11, 2008
Hundreds Gather to Watch Historic Event
Hundreds Gather to Watch Historic Event
St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne
St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne
Louisiana Governor Jindal, Senate President Chaisson and U. S.  Army  Col. Starkel
Louisiana Governor Jindal, Senate President Chaisson and U. S. Army Col. Starkel
The Lifting of the First Needle Officially Opens the Spillway - 2008
The Lifting of the First Needle Officially Opens the Spillway - 2008
Crane Lifts a Needle from the Bay to Allow River to Flow Through
Crane Lifts a Needle from the Bay to Allow River to Flow Through
Workers on Airboats Keep Watchful Eye - April 11, 2008 - Opening Day
Workers on Airboats Keep Watchful Eye - April 11, 2008 - Opening Day
Spillway Locks Opened - April 11, 2008 - Noon
Spillway Locks Opened - April 11, 2008 - Noon
Governor Bobby Jindal and my grandson, Christopher Eckhardt -2008
Governor Bobby Jindal and my grandson, Christopher Eckhardt -2008
Water Seeks Its Own Level as it Rushes Through Spillway Locks Towards Lake Pontchartrain
Water Seeks Its Own Level as it Rushes Through Spillway Locks Towards Lake Pontchartrain
Once in a Lifetime Experience
Once in a Lifetime Experience
People Fascinated With Bonnet Carre' Spillway - April 12, 2008
People Fascinated With Bonnet Carre' Spillway - April 12, 2008
Bonnet Carre' Opening Attracts Every Walk of Life
Bonnet Carre' Opening Attracts Every Walk of Life
Spillway Viewed West to East from Montz, Louisiana - April 13, 2008
Spillway Viewed West to East from Montz, Louisiana - April 13, 2008
Bonnet Carre' Spillway Train Trestle
Bonnet Carre' Spillway Train Trestle
River Water in Spillway Surrounds Train Trestle
River Water in Spillway Surrounds Train Trestle
Camp Memory Closed by Spillway Opening - 2008
Camp Memory Closed by Spillway Opening - 2008
A Buffet for the Birds
A Buffet for the Birds
Egrets Fishing
Egrets Fishing
It's Not Called The Muddy Mississippi for Nothing- April 17, 2008
It's Not Called "The Muddy Mississippi" for Nothing- April 17, 2008
Pierre Beaubercy Trepagnier - Original Owner of Plantations Taken to Build Bonnet Carre' Spillway
Pierre Beaubercy Trepagnier - Original Owner of Plantations Taken to Build Bonnet Carre' Spillway
Marie Celeste Delhomme Trepagnier
Marie Celeste Delhomme Trepagnier
Spillway Gauge - April 19, 2008
Spillway Gauge - April 19, 2008
April 19, 2008 and the Fishing is Good for the Birds
April 19, 2008 and the Fishing is Good for the Birds
He Keeps it Working
He Keeps it Working
Spillway Gauge - April 23, 2008
Spillway Gauge - April 23, 2008
National Weather Service Hydrologists Get a Briefing
National Weather Service Hydrologists Get a Briefing
Kugler's Hermitage Plantation -  Destroyed to Build the Spillway
Kugler's Hermitage Plantation - Destroyed to Build the Spillway
George Kugler Family - Photo taken Where Spillway Now Stands
George Kugler Family - Photo taken Where Spillway Now Stands
Displaced When She Was a Little Girl by the Bonnet Carre' Spillway
Displaced When She Was a Little Girl by the Bonnet Carre' Spillway
Audrey Kugler and Rita Kugler
Audrey Kugler and Rita Kugler
Corps' Commander Tours Bonnet Carre' Spillway-April 28, 2008
Corps' Commander Tours Bonnet Carre' Spillway-April 28, 2008
Opened 16 days and no end in sight
Opened 16 days and no end in sight
Commander of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Inspects Spillway
Commander of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Inspects Spillway
Heron and Egret Watch River Pour through Spillway Locks
Heron and Egret Watch River Pour through Spillway Locks
Spillway Gauge - April 30, 2008
Spillway Gauge - April 30, 2008
Mississippi River Rages On - April 30, 2008
Mississippi River Rages On - April 30, 2008
Crew Returns from Closing Five Bays as Gauge Shows a Foot Drop in River
Crew Returns from Closing Five Bays as Gauge Shows a Foot Drop in River
Bays Closed on Western End Allow Fishermen Calmer Water - May 4, 2008
Bays Closed on Western End Allow Fishermen Calmer Water - May 4, 2008
Get out the Crawfish Nets - May 6, 2008 - Western End
Get out the Crawfish Nets - May 6, 2008 - Western End
River Still Pouring Through Spillway Locks' Eastern End - May 6, 2008
River Still Pouring Through Spillway Locks' Eastern End - May 6, 2008
River Gauge on Spillway Structure - May 8, 2008 - 1:45 p.m.
River Gauge on Spillway Structure - May 8, 2008 - 1:45 p.m.
May 8-2:00 p.m.- As the Last Needle Drops the Spillway is Officially Closed
May 8-2:00 p.m.- As the Last Needle Drops the Spillway is Officially Closed
River Level Slowly Receding and Spillway Gets a Rest-May 11, 2008
River Level Slowly Receding and Spillway Gets a Rest-May 11, 2008
Spillway Gauge May 15, 2008
Spillway Gauge May 15, 2008
Spillway Waters Low Enough for Fishing
Spillway Waters Low Enough for Fishing
Dance of the Egrets
Dance of the Egrets
Water Still Flowing Through Spillway Locks - May 27, 2008
Water Still Flowing Through Spillway Locks - May 27, 2008
Crawfishing and Crabbing in the Spillway
Crawfishing and Crabbing in the Spillway
River Drops Eight Feet - Spillway Drying Up - June 9, 2008
River Drops Eight Feet - Spillway Drying Up - June 9, 2008
Bonnet Carre' Spillway is All Dry - June 11, 2008
Bonnet Carre' Spillway is All Dry - June 11, 2008
June 16, 2008 - River side
June 16, 2008 - River side
Trepagnier Plantation Taken to Build Spillway
Trepagnier Plantation Taken to Build Spillway
August 2, 2008 -River Finally Receding
August 2, 2008 -River Finally Receding
Spillway Structure Being Overhauled
Spillway Structure Being Overhauled
Overhauling the Structure Following 2008 Opening and Closing of the Spillway
Overhauling the Structure Following 2008 Opening and Closing of the Spillway
Spillway Road Being Repaired After Flood Season
Spillway Road Being Repaired After Flood Season
Two Live oaks (Quercus virginiana) on a cheniere
Two Live oaks (Quercus virginiana) on a cheniere
Butterflies on Black Willow
Butterflies on Black Willow
Mississippi River is Rising and Rushing on Its Way to Lake Pontchartrain May 2009
Mississippi River is Rising and Rushing on Its Way to Lake Pontchartrain May 2009
Spillway Water Attracts Birds
Spillway Water Attracts Birds
May 11, 2009
May 11, 2009
Mississippi River Rising Rapidly
Mississippi River Rising Rapidly
Sand Mining
Sand Mining
Spillway Gauge - May 11, 2009
Spillway Gauge - May 11, 2009
Spillway Gauge -  May 17, 2009
Spillway Gauge - May 17, 2009
Bonnet Carre' Spillway
Bonnet Carre' Spillway
River  at the Spillway Rises Three  Feet in Nine Days
River at the Spillway Rises Three Feet in Nine Days
Spillway Gauge on May 24, 2009
Spillway Gauge on May 24, 2009
Corps of Engineers Monitoring Bonnet Carre' River Levels
Corps of Engineers Monitoring Bonnet Carre' River Levels
Strike up the Band - the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Has Arrived
Strike up the Band - the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Has Arrived
Spillway Gauge May 29, 2009
Spillway Gauge May 29, 2009
East Spillway Levee to West Spillway Levee - Spillway Structure Not Opened
East Spillway Levee to West Spillway Levee - Spillway Structure Not Opened
Spillway Gauge at 7 p.m. on May 31, 2009
Spillway Gauge at 7 p.m. on May 31, 2009
No Place to Park
No Place to Park
June 7, 2009 at 1 p. m.
June 7, 2009 at 1 p. m.
Fishing By the Locks
Fishing By the Locks
Rain in Upper Mississippi Causes River to Overflow into Spillway
Rain in Upper Mississippi Causes River to Overflow into Spillway
Unusually High Water Overflows into Spillway
Unusually High Water Overflows into Spillway
November 21, 2009 - River Seeping Through Locks
November 21, 2009 - River Seeping Through Locks
Mississippi Abnormally High for Autumn at Bonnet Carre'
Mississippi Abnormally High for Autumn at Bonnet Carre'
Mississippi River Water Seeping Through Spillway Locks
Mississippi River Water Seeping Through Spillway Locks
Francois Joseph Delhommer Home
Francois Joseph Delhommer Home
Joseph Billion Delhommer Plantation
Joseph Billion Delhommer Plantation
Roseate Spoonbills and a Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills and a Snowy Egret
Sunflowers, Glorious Sunflowers
Sunflowers, Glorious Sunflowers
Bonnet Carre' Spillway Sunflowers Shortly After Sunrise
Bonnet Carre' Spillway Sunflowers Shortly After Sunrise
In the Sunflower Patch
In the Sunflower Patch
River Very Low Compared to 2009
River Very Low Compared to 2009
Mississippi Rising - March 14, 2011
Mississippi Rising - March 14, 2011
Rushing Water
Rushing Water
Mississippi River at Bonnet Carre' Spillway - May 1, 2011 - 18 feet on gauge
Mississippi River at Bonnet Carre' Spillway - May 1, 2011 - 18 feet on gauge
Birds fish in Spillway - May 2, 2011 - Gauge at 18 feet six inches
Birds fish in Spillway - May 2, 2011 - Gauge at 18 feet six inches
Poor Little Fish
Poor Little Fish
Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)
Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)
Female redwing blackbirds
Female redwing blackbirds
Sand and Clay Mining
Sand and Clay Mining
Fishermen Enjoy rising Water of Spillway
Fishermen Enjoy rising Water of Spillway
Boys and Water 2011
Boys and Water 2011
River Road through Spillway Closed - May 4, 2011 - Gauge at 19 feet 4 inches
River Road through Spillway Closed - May 4, 2011 - Gauge at 19 feet 4 inches
Great Blue Heron in Spillway
Great Blue Heron in Spillway
Great Blue Heron - Reminds Me of our Mardi Gras Indians
Great Blue Heron - Reminds Me of our Mardi Gras Indians
Spillway Gauge at 20 feet - Opening in Three Days
Spillway Gauge at 20 feet - Opening in Three Days
Egret and Air Boat Prepare for Opening of Spillway in the Fog 2011
Egret and Air Boat Prepare for Opening of Spillway in the Fog 2011
Opening Delayed Few Minutes Because of Fog  - 2011- Gauge at 22 feet
Opening Delayed Few Minutes Because of Fog - 2011- Gauge at 22 feet
Official Opening of the Spillway - May 9,  2011
Official Opening of the Spillway - May 9, 2011
First Bays Opened in Spillway Structure - 2011
First Bays Opened in Spillway Structure - 2011
They Run the Show and Control the Flow
They Run the Show and Control the Flow
One Guards the Levees - the Other Guards the Bonnet Carre'
One Guards the Levees - the Other Guards the Bonnet Carre'
More Bays are Opened in Structure
More Bays are Opened in Structure
River Dangerously High
River Dangerously High
The Balance of Nature
The Balance of Nature
Train Trestle that Crosses Spillway (please read under photo)
Train Trestle that Crosses Spillway (please read under photo)
2011-Where the Mississippi River Water Flows Into Lake Pontchartrain -Gauge at River 22 feet and steady
2011-Where the Mississippi River Water Flows Into Lake Pontchartrain -Gauge at River 22 feet and steady
Sunset on the Mississippi River at the Bonnet Carre' Spillway
Sunset on the Mississippi River at the Bonnet Carre' Spillway
Mississippi  River has reached its Crest here according to USACE
Mississippi River has reached its Crest here according to USACE
Hwy. 61 (Airline Highway) on Montz side of Spillway Bridge - 2011
Hwy. 61 (Airline Highway) on Montz side of Spillway Bridge - 2011
Opened Spillway Structure in Foreground - 2011
Opened Spillway Structure in Foreground - 2011
Spillway Gauge at 23 feet, the highest I've Ever Seen It
Spillway Gauge at 23 feet, the highest I've Ever Seen It
Interstate 10 Over Spillway
Interstate 10 Over Spillway
Batture Living-Saved by the Bonnet Carre' Spillway
Batture Living-Saved by the Bonnet Carre' Spillway
Track that carries Amtrak - CN Railroad
Track that carries Amtrak - CN Railroad
Spillway Gauge May 27, 2011 - four inches higher than May 9 when it opened
Spillway Gauge May 27, 2011 - four inches higher than May 9 when it opened
Water Still Pouring into Bonnet Carre' Spillway
Water Still Pouring into Bonnet Carre' Spillway
River gauge at Spillway Structure is 22 feet one inch.
River gauge at Spillway Structure is 22 feet one inch.
Sunset following a Scorching Day-Spillway Gauge is 22 feet
Sunset following a Scorching Day-Spillway Gauge is 22 feet
Opened 32 days and still going strong
Opened 32 days and still going strong
Spillway Now Opened for 38 Days--Closing Some Bays
Spillway Now Opened for 38 Days--Closing Some Bays
Hopefully, the live oaks can breathe again
Hopefully, the live oaks can breathe again
June 18,2011 - Only 20 bays left open - Gauge reads 19 feet
June 18,2011 - Only 20 bays left open - Gauge reads 19 feet
Winding Down
Winding Down
Soil from 3/4 of the United States
Soil from 3/4 of the United States
Spiillway Nature Trail
Spiillway Nature Trail
Mississippi River on the Rise - May 3, 2013
Mississippi River on the Rise - May 3, 2013
May  25, 2013
May 25, 2013
May 25, 2013
May 25, 2013
Mississippi River Rising June 15, 2014
Mississippi River Rising June 15, 2014