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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Jul 20 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Amazing Scavenger…

Jul 20, 2017 - Jul 03, 2027
Turn New Orleans into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt… more

Chicken on the Bone…

Jul 20 - Dec 6, 2017
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jul 20, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jul 20 - Dec 29, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Eiffel Society…

Jul 20 - 20, 2017
Join us this Thursday for  an all Female  Pop-Up Art Show and… more

FestiGals

Jul 20, 2017
FestiGals hosts New Orleans Women's Weekend Experience - a celebration of women… more

Heart of the House

Jul 20, 2017 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Lilith in Loa…

Jul 20, 2017
From Laurel Canyon to the West Village, Nashville to New Orleans, the LOA Bar… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 20 - Oct 8, 2017
Jim Steg (American, 1922 -2001) was the most influential printmaker to be based… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 20 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 20 - Sep 3, 2017
Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans showcases… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 20 - Oct 8, 2017
Paintings from throughout Scully's career are presented with a selection of… more

Storyville: Madams…

Jul 20 - Dec 9, 2017
Storyville: Madams and Music revives the sights and sounds of New Orleans's… more

Tales of the Cocktail

Jul 20 - 23, 2017
Join us for the 15th Annual Tales of the Cocktail Festival! Tales of the… more

The Historic New…

Jul 20 - Oct 21, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection's Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for… more

Thursday at Twilight…

Jul 20 - Aug 31, 2017
Live music in a concert setting inside the Pavilion of the Two Sisters at the… more

Thursdays at Twilight…

Jul 20 - 20, 2017
This very popular series with an array of the finest musicians in New Orleans… more

Trinity To Host…

Jul 20 - 20, 2017
With libations flowing in the Crescent City during the annual cocktail… more

Two Rooms by Lee…

Jul 20 - 22, 2017
“Two Rooms” is about Michael Wells, a man kidnapped in Beirut, and… more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Jul 20 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… 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