Corps is conducting twice-weekly levee inspections between Baton Rouge and Venice
A spokeswoman for the Corps of Engineers says the levees along both banks of the Mississippi River, from Baton Rouge to Venice, appear to be in good shape.
The only troublespot the corps has found since it began twice-a-week levee inspections, says Rachel Rodi, is located north of Baton Rouge near Point Pleasant.
Water has seeped under the levee at that location, forming "sand boils" or pockets of water on the protected side of the levee. Crews have placed sandbags around the boils to prevent them from spreading until the problem is permanently fixed, Rodi said.
Rodi also says the river on Thursday morning was at 12.8 feet at the Carrollton gauge and rising. It's expected to crest at 14.5 feet on May 21. Flood stage is 17 feet.