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Artist Spotlight…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 31 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

Kikuo Saito at…

Mar 31 - Apr 4, 2015
Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from New York… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Quilting continues! We're excited to have more time to work on creations… more

M.S. Rau Antiques…

Mar 31 - May 4, 2015
Long established and leading art, antiques and jewelry specialist M.S. Rau… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Mar 31 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

The New Orleans…

Mar 31 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

Voices Not Forgotten…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Many of us have heard our elders talking about the great music and fancy dances… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

Apr 1 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Apr 1 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Apr 1 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Opera on Tap

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Now in its 8th season, Opera on Tap - New Orleans is attracting people from… more

Smoker's World…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Join us at the Maple Leaf Bar for Smoker's World featuring Eric… more

Tennessee Williams:…

Apr 1 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The Victory Belles…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette… more

Exhibition Opening -…

Apr 2 - 2, 2015
Self-Taught, Outsider and Visionary Art will showcase works from the Ogden… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Apr 2 - 4, 2015
Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of a couple… more

Longvue House and…

Apr 2 - 2, 2015
Dine at the magnificent estate of Longue Vue House and Gardens while brushing… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

River Update May 31, 2011


UPDATE
Saturday, May 31, 2011
10:00 AM CST

River Update May 31, 2011

New Orleans will not be affected by the type of river and tributary flooding seen along other parts of the Mississippi River due to the extensive water diversion systems- the Bonnet Carre Spillway and the Morganza Floodway- that guide high river waters away from New Orleans and larger lower Mississippi River Valley communities.

Monday, May 9, 2011, the United States Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway to alleviate pressure, flow and water levels upriver on the Mississippi River. Located in St. Charles Parish, 28 miles from New Orleans, the Bonnet Carre Spillway is a structure that diverts water from the Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain then to the Gulf of Mexico, thus allowing high waters to bypass New Orleans. The structure has a design capacity of 250,000 cubic feet per second, the equivalent of roughly 1,870,000 gallons of water per second. This strategy was last implemented in 2008.

MAY 31, 2011 UPDATE
As of today, May 31, 330 bays of the 350 total bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway have been opened. Bays are the individual sections of the structure that divert water from the river into Lake Pontchartrain.

Saturday, May 14, 2011, the Mississippi River Commission granted permission to activate the Morganza Floodway, another water diversion structure located roughly 123 miles northwest of New Orleans. The Morganza Floodway drains high water from the Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya River Basin located in Central Louisiana with waters flowing south, through the basin and eventually into the Gulf of Mexico. As waters travel to the Gulf of Mexico some communities in central and south Louisiana will experience flooding. Our hearts go out to those communities who will be affected. New Orleans will not experience flooding due to the opening of the Morganza Floodway. The floodway diverts high waters from the Mississippi River to the north and west of New Orleans. This will lower the level and slow the flow for the New Orleans stretch of the Mississippi River. Louisiana State Police anticipate no impact to major highways and interstates.

Activation of the spillways, which are located well outside the New Orleans area, will not be noticeable to visitors in New Orleans, nor will they create disruption to daily life of residents, businesses or tourism.

Here in New Orleans tourism is business as usual. Hotels, restaurants and attractions are all operating normally.

There has been tragic flooding for many small towns and rural areas in the upper and middle Mississippi River Valley. Fortunately for the City of New Orleans, the development of two of the nation’s largest flood control systems prevent such flooding in New Orleans.

The New Orleans CVB is in constant communication with city officials and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. This message will be updated throughout the weekend to provide you with the most up-to-date information.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you.

Kelly Schulz
Vice President, Communications & Public Relations
New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
504-566-5019