Mississippi River

Chris Miller
April 11, 2019 - 4:50 pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the final bays of the Bonnet Carré spillway today, determining that the river's flow rate had slowed to the point that it no longer needs to be diverted into Lake Pontchartrain. "The Spillway’s 13th operation began Feb. 27 and continued for another 43 days,"...
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March 26, 2019 - 4:19 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The Army Corps of Engineers says the level of the Mississippi River is falling at New Orleans, and the Corps has begun closing a historic flood control structure that diverts the river's water. Corps spokesman Matt Roe said Tuesday the process could take 10 days to two weeks if...
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Chris Miller
March 26, 2019 - 11:03 am
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today said they are starting the shutdown of the Bonnet Carre spillway. The corps already closed some of the bays on the spillway earlier this month, after determining river flow was beginning to slow down. "The Spillway’s 13 operation began Feb. 27 and continued...
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Chris Miller
March 24, 2019 - 8:01 pm
A man attending the Buku Music + Art project on the New Orleans riverfront had to be rescued from the Mississippi River, The New Orleans Advocate reports. According to The Advocate, firefighters say the man climbed a chain link fence during the festival held near Mardi Gras World on the east bank,...
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David Blake
March 21, 2019 - 1:58 pm
Flooding in the Midwest has many concerned about how those draining flood waters could impact the already very high Mississippi River levels. Waters from the Missouri River basin do have to pass through heading on down to the Gulf of Mexico. National Weather Service meteorologist Danielle Manning...
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Chris Miller
March 19, 2019 - 5:19 pm
The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for the captain of a tug boat that capsized in the river last night. The vessel Seattle Slew began taking on water and capsized about 55 miles from the mouth of the river. Two crewmembers were rescued after jumping ship, but the captain remained on...
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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
March 19, 2019 - 6:18 am
Crews say a tug boat sank in the Mississippi River. "The Coast Guard is searching for a person in the water after a towing vessel capsized at mile marker 55 on the lower Mississippi River north of Point A La Hache, Louisiana, Monday," the Guard said in a news release. "Coast Guard Sector New...
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Chris Miller
March 15, 2019 - 1:40 pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today began closing bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. "Based on current conditions on the Mississippi River we will be closing approximately 10 bays today at the Bonnet Carre Spillway," the Corps posted today on its Facebook page. The Corps began opening the...
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March 08, 2019 - 11:17 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The possibility of flooding along the Mississippi River has delayed reconstruction work on New Orleans' famed Bourbon Street. The city said in a news release Thursday night that work will not resume as scheduled now that Mardi Gras celebrations are over. Contractors had stopped...
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Chris Miller
March 04, 2019 - 6:23 pm
A scary moment on the riverfront in downtown New Orleans when the Coast Guard ship bringing the king and queen of the Zulu parade to Woldenberg Park slammed into part of the pier at the Canal St. ferry landing. Video shows Coast Guard vessel carrying King and Queen of Zulu slam into dock while...
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