Louisiana watches Mississippi River flooding in Midwest - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Louisiana watches Mississippi River flooding in Midwest

Posted: Updated:
Lower course of the Mississippi through New Orleans (Source: Wikipedia) Lower course of the Mississippi through New Orleans (Source: Wikipedia)
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Karey trial postponed

    Karey trial postponed

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:16:14 GMT
    A delay in the trial of the man accused of killing a Lake Charles pastor.More >>
    A delay in the trial of the man accused of killing a Lake Charles pastor.More >>
  • 7 On your side: Medical Data Breach

    7 On your side: Medical Data Breach

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:32:21 GMT
    Data breaches seem to happen more routinely. One of the latest happened to medical facilities that use a company called Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation.More >>
    Data breaches seem to happen more routinely. One of the latest happened to medical facilities that use a company called Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation.More >>
  • College ranking gains McNeese national recognition

    College ranking gains McNeese national recognition

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:04:35 GMT
    (Source: MGN Online)(Source: MGN Online)
    McNeese is getting new national attention. It's not about the football team this time. A well respected college ranking in now calling McNeese one of the best regional universities and one of the top public universities. U.S. News and World Report recently released it's 2015 ranking. McNeese is considered one of the best regional universities in the "tier one" south category. Also in the southern region, it's considered on of the top 50 public schools."I love my classes and I love my teachers...More >>
    McNeese is getting new national attention. It's not about the football team this time. A well respected college ranking in now calling McNeese one of the best regional universities and one of the top public universities. U.S. News and World Report recently released it's 2015 ranking. McNeese is considered one of the best regional universities in the "tier one" south category. Also in the southern region, it's considered on of the top 50 public schools."I love my classes and I love my teachers...More >>
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WWL) -

Port officials in New Orleans are not expecting flooding along the Mississippi River in the Midwest to cause an interruption in shipping in Louisiana, but they are getting prepared.

One official said the flooding problem this year is nowhere near the stages seen in 2011 at this point.

It was just two years ago the Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza Flood Control Structure to keep overflowing along the lower Mississippi River. Prior to that, it had not been opened since 1973, which was the first time water was allowed to flow through the floodgates since the construction was completed in 1954.

Right now, the river is expected to crest in New Orleans at 14 feet on May 11. That's three feet below flood stage.

The Mississippi River levees in the New Orleans area are built to protect against a 20-foot crest at the Carrolton gauge. That's six feet above what they're expecting this spring.

Click here for more

Copyright 2013 WWL. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow