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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Nov 23 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Amazing Scavenger…

Nov 23, 2017 - Jul 03, 2027
Turn New Orleans into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt… more

City Putt presents -…

Nov 23 - 25, 2017
Visit City Putt for a "Thanksgiving Bash: Gobble then Wobble" on… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Nov 23, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Nov 23 - Dec 29, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

East of the…

Nov 23, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will present East of the Mississippi:… more

East of the…

Nov 23, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will present East of the Mississippi:… more

Heart of the House

Nov 23, 2017 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Le Meridien Hotel…

Nov 23 - 23, 2017
Le Meridien New Orleans will be hosting a wonderful Thanksgiving Day Buffet!… more

Le Meridien Presents…

Nov 23 - 25, 2017
Le Méridien New Orleans presents a gourmet burger pop-up bar in LMNO… more

Lilith in Loa…

Nov 23, 2017
From Laurel Canyon to the West Village, Nashville to New Orleans, the LOA Bar… more

2017 Battle of the…

Nov 24 - 24, 2017
The Bayou Classic is more than a football game. This annual event is one of the… more

Celebration in the…

Nov 24, 2017 - Jan 01, 2018
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of… more

Magazine St. Art…

Nov 24, 2017
Magazine St. Art Market is a unique way to experience the best of our local… more

Stoned vs Drunk vs…

Nov 24, 2017 - Jul 24, 2026
Join us at the New Movement for a stand -up comedy challenge. Also, enjoy… more

The Fountain Lounge…

Nov 24 - Dec 29, 2017
Join us for Sam Kuslanr at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel. While… more

The Irish Cultural…

Nov 24, 2017 - Jan 22, 2027
Join us at the beautiful Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans every Friday… more

Backyard Grooves

Nov 25, 2017 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

Bayou Classic

Nov 25 - 25, 2017
The 44th Annual Bayou Classic will take place in the Dome on Saturday, November… more

Bayou Classic Parade

Nov 25 - 25, 2017
Join us for the Bayou Classic  Parade. The parade will begin at the … more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Nov 23 - 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