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It works! The spillway opens in 1937.

Bonnet Carré Spillway

"The Bonnet Carré Spillway is just one element of a comprehensive U.S. Corps of Engineers flood control plan in the Lower Mississippi Valley. The construction of the Bonnet Carré Spillway not only provided employment to thousands of workers but ultimately “put Norco on the map.” Unfortunately, Delhomme, Roseland, Hermitage, and Myrtle Land plantations, as well as many residences and family cemeteries, fell victim..." Read More


Mississippi River Levees

Mississippi River Levees

"Settlers along the river were required to build levees within a certain time period or lose the land. These levees were about two feet high and six feet wide, with both a foot and a horse path on top. Through the years, improvements and enlargements were necessary. Thus began two centuries of lingering threats of flooding on the German Coast from levee breaks, called crevasses. Not until after the first quarter of the twentieth century (with the construction of the Bonnet Carré ..." Read More


Mississippi River Levees

Mississippi River Levees

"Everywhere sluices in the levees were used to irrigate the rice fields. With high water the saw mills on the banks of the river were also put to work… the rich fruit and vegetable gardens on the Cote des Allemands were impressive … believed that the Germans still supplied the capital (New Orleans) … Goods were transported mainly on the river, just as always. Cuming reported in 1810 that, above New Orleans, the river was ..." Read More


Flooding in Hill Heights is depicted in this 1973 view. (Photo courtesy of Fay Walker Louque.)

Flooding

"Although the Bonnet Carré Spillway has controlled the waters of the Mississippi River, flooding from rainfall and tides continued to take its toll on St. Charles Parish. In the latter part of the 1900s—1973, 1989, and 1995, the parish experienced major flooding caused by heavy rainfalls. Rising tides and rainfall associated with hurricanes..." Read More


A levee inspection takes place during the Flood of 1927. (Photo courtesy of Joan
Weaver Becnel)

Flood Control

"The Great Flood of 1927 is considered one of the worst disasters in American history. One million people lost their homes and hundreds of thousands relocated. More than five hundred people along the Mississippi River were killed as the levees broke at thirteen places including one between Montz and LaPlace. This low-lying area of bottomland is still referred to as “The Slew.” The town of Montz..." Read More


Crevasse water takes over a store in Taft. (Photo courtesy of the George Lorio family)

Hymelia Crevasse

"The yearly spring rise of the Mississippi brought fear of crevasses to those living on the riverbanks. Early in the twentieth century their worst fears were realized. On May 14, 1912, a “crawfish hole” began to weaken the levee at Hymelia, just upriver from present-day Killona. It quickly grew to a five-hund red-foot wide gap in the levee spilling water across a huge area from Hymelia to as far as Donaldsonville..." Read More


Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion Project

Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion Project

"The Davis Freshwater Diversion Project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1965 (PL 89-298), the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1974 (PL 93-251), WRDA 1986 (PL 99-622), and WRDA 1996 (PL 104-303). Construction began in January 1997. Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in St. Charles Parish near the town of Luling, the project diverts freshwater, with its accompanying nutrients and sediments, from the Mississippi River into the Barataria Basin to reduce saltwater..." Read More


 

Major Crevasses Continue to Plague the German Coast

Levees became major public projects in the late 1800s.

B y the turn of the nineteenth century, crude levees were in place along the Mississippi River and provided a measure of protection. Individual landowners were responsible for construction and maintenance of the levee system. By the 1830s, states began to be involved with flood control by receiving

direct funding and creating levee boards. The boards were then responsible for levee construction and maintenance funded by taxes paid by landowners. However, in spite of all efforts, there was still major flooding, primarily from crevasses. These floods and Civil War devastation caused the levee system to be perilously endangered by the 1870s. Appeals to the federal government intensified. Congress established the Mississippi River Commission in 1879. Federal involvement improved matters but floods and crevasses continued to occur.

 

     The Davis Plantation was the site of the 1884 west
bank crevasse in Luling. The plantation was first settled
during the Spanish Colonial period. The Davis Crevasse began
at 1:00 a.m. on March 8. A rice-flume cut in the old levee was not refilled properly and loose dirt began to wash away.
It quickly grew to one thousand feet in width. The residential Davis Drive area and the Davis Fresh Water Diversion
now occupy part of this site.

 

     “The crevasses at Davis and Fashion have caused our
back country to be submerged to a considerable extent.
Surely the railroad companies will not allow these
crevasses to remain open.”
                                  —St. Charles Herald, March 1884

 

     “Because of Louisiana’s beginnings as a French agrarian colony, it is unique within the Southern experience. It was in South Louisiana that Creole, Anglo, and African traditions blended to create a distinctive New World culture. The River Road is not merely a random slice of the antebellum South, but a rare subculture embedded within it.”
  —“Louisiana Cultural Vistas,” Richard Sexton, River Road

 

     On June 30, 1870, the steamboat race between the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez VI passed through St. Charles Parish heading for St. Louis, Missouri. Many citizens cheered their favorite from the levee and batture on both sides of the Mississippi River. The Robert E. Lee went on to win. Steamboat races, showboats, and other events on the river were an important part of social activities along the German Coast.

 

 

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Between 1849 and 1882, the Bonnet Carré Crevasse left a large, fan-shaped imprint on the landscape. (Map from the New Orleans District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Brochure on the Bonnet Carré Spillway) A sugar cane field is covered with water following the Hymelia Crevasse break. (Photo courtesy of the George Lorio family)

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Flooding in Hill Heights is depicted in this 1973 view. (Photo courtesy of Fay Walker Louque.)

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Copyright © This text is copyright material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.

 

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