Mississippi River

Chris Miller
April 12, 2018 - 1:30 pm
A fuel spill on the Mississippi River fouled the water and the air as thousands filled Woldenberg Park on the New Orleans riverfront for French Quarter Festival. A strong petrochemical odor was noticeable in the park. The Coast Guard says a cargo ship hit a pier and spilled 4,200 gallons of diesel...
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Don Ames
April 09, 2018 - 7:17 am
The Port of New Orleans continues to grow as a cruise hub.​ Tourists and locals alike are taking to the seas and rollin' on the river. "We are on pace to surpass our 2017 milestone for cruise passengers," says Donnell Jackson, Media Relations Manager for the port. "In 2017, we saw more than 1.15...
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Chris Miller
March 30, 2018 - 11:12 am
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today announced that the Mississippi River at the Red River Landing has dropped enough to shut down the last of the open bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. "The Spillway’s 12th operation began March 8 and continued for another 21 days," said Corps spokesman Matt Roe...
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March 25, 2018 - 1:39 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The U.S. Coast Guard has responded to a barge leaking biodiesel on the lower Mississippi River near New Orleans. A U.S. Coast Guard release says a report was received around 6 a.m. Sunday of the uninspected towering vessel Dixie Express with two loaded red flag barges moored at...
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March 13, 2018 - 8:30 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has identified two men missing from a tugboat that sank Monday in the Mississippi River. Multiple news outlets report the men were identified as Malon Dawsey and Karl Prince and were still listed as missing Tuesday. A third person, whose name was not...
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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
March 12, 2018 - 8:52 pm
A boat capsized in the Mississippi, sending thee crew members into the water. It happened after the tug reportedly crashed into an anchored ship. "New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting three persons in the water following a collision on the Mississippi River,"...
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March 08, 2018 - 9:52 am
(WWL.com) The Bonnet Carre Spillway will open for just the 12th time today as the Mississippi River swells, and threatens to tops levees in southeast Louisiana. The spillway is expected to run at about half capacity for three weeks, and will drain the river into some of the 320 pods that are...
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Jim Hanzo
March 08, 2018 - 8:09 am
This morning the Army Corps of Engineers will open the Bonnet Carre' Spillway, diverting water from the rising Mississippi into Lake Pontchartrain. Col. Mike Clancy with the Corps says it'll be a partial opening that should last about 3 weeks "Twenty days or so and we will adjust that accordingly...
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Chris Miller
March 06, 2018 - 11:20 am
Army Corps of Engineers officials in New Orleans today expect ramp up their plans as the Mississippi River rises, as floodwater rolls down the Mississippi valley. "As you all know, we've been experiencing flooding in the Red River, the Ohio River, Illinois River, rivers all throughout the upper...
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Chris Miller
March 05, 2018 - 3:04 pm
The Mississippi River is rising fast and before the week is over, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will have to spill some of it into Lake Pontchartrain. "We anticipate hitting the triggers to operate the Bonnet Carre spillway this Thursday," said Col. Mike Clancy with USACE New Orleans...
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