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  • Veteran's body found in Mississippi River

    November 13, 2012 4:14 AM

    VENTRESS, La. (AP) - The body of an Iraqi War veteran, who authorities say jumped off the Audubon Bridge on Nov. 4, has been recovered. Capt. Steve Juge of the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office, says the body of 32-year-old Dusty Brouillette, of Baton Rouge, was found about 4:35 p.m.... more »
  • Forum: Prepare Mississippi River changes

    November 12, 2012 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Speakers at a coastal conference say the mouth of the Mississippi River is moving north, and authorities need to prepare for it. Paul Kemp, vice president of the Louisiana Audubon Society's Gulf Coast Initiative, says the changes present opportunities to get more sediment into eroding... more »
  • Mississippi River Commission schedules high-water inspection trip

    March 26, 2012 10:05 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss.,- The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual high-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River March 26-30, 2012. Four public meetings have been scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI so commission members have the opportunity to meet with local residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues. The... more »
  • Miss. River high-water inspection starts Monday

    March 26, 2012 5:56 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi River Commission's annual high-water inspection of Mississippi River levees will take place this week. The Army Corps of Engineers also will hear local residents' concerns in a series of meetings on the motor vessel Mississippi. They'll be Monday at River Park in Tiptonville, Tenn.,... more »
  • Corps Begins Inspections Along Mississippi River

    December 14, 2011 6:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Due to high river conditions, the Army Corps of Engineers has activated the first phase of flood fight procedures to monitor levees along the Mississippi River. Closely coordinating efforts with local levee authorities, the New Orleans District said Tuesday it will begin patrolling the levees along... more »
  • Corps to make repairs to Miss. River levee

    September 12, 2011 6:43 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend $3.1 million to reinforce parts of the mainline Mississippi River levee at Lake Albemarle and Buck Chute. The Vicksburg Post reports that both were places the Corps and state levee officials scrambled to patch sand boils and stop... more »
  • Fisherman's body found in Mississippi River

    July 25, 2011 6:28 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - A search will resume at dawn for a Livingston man whose uncle's body was found Sunday in the Mississippi River near Donaldsonville. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Adam Einck says Joshua Peters, in his 20s, and 58-year-old Larry Peters, of Slaughter, went fishing Saturday... more »
  • Corps: Mississippi River flood damaged levees

    June 27, 2011 6:33 AM

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The head of the group overseeing work by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says another floodway could be needed to relieve pressure on levees along the Mississippi River. Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh told The Commercial Appeal that he's not saying the agency should build a... more »
  • Historic Flood Begins to Abate, but far From Over

    June 4, 2011 11:13 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi River flood of 2011 may seem like a thing of the past for people who fled rising waters that never came, yet the final toll is shrouded in murky water for thousands of people devastated as the flood made its way from the Midwest... more »
  • Mississippi River Flooding-Louisiana,127 Backwater Floods Less Than Feared in South LA

    May 25, 2011 5:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The city of New Orleans has launched a charity drive to aid victims of Mississippi River flooding. The "NOLA Pay it Forward" fund, announced by Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday, will include help for those affected by the opening of the Morganza spillway gates, which eased... more »
  • Coast Guard reopens part of Mississippi River

    May 18, 2011 5:47 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Coast Guard is reopening a part of the swollen Mississippi that had been closed to help reduce the damage from the floodwaters. The Coast Guard said Tuesday night that one tow vessel at a time would be allowed to pass a 15-mile area near Natchez,... more »
  • Louisiana Parishes Receive Expanded Federal Assistance

    May 15, 2011 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - At the request of Governor Bobby Jindal, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has expanded federal assistance to the state and parishes responding to the Mississippi River flooding in Louisiana. Previously, Louisiana had been approved for only limited direct federal assistance for response efforts. At this... more »
  • LA Towns on Edge as Spillway Opens

    May 14, 2011 11:24 PM

    KROTZ SPRINGS, La. (AP) - Phones at the police department in the little south Louisiana town of Krotz Springs rang nonstop as residents they packed belongings and sought information on the opening of the Morganza Spillway. Saturday's opening of part of the spillway gate structure sent a rush of Mississippi... more »
  • LA Readies to Open Spillway, Flood Cajun Country

    May 14, 2011 2:12 PM

    MORGANZA, La. (AP) - Engineers prepared Saturday to slowly open emergency floodgates for the first time in nearly four decades, purposefully inundating farmlands and homes in Louisiana's Cajun country to drain the swelling Mississippi River. Across the countryside, people fled to higher ground, shored up levees that held the last... more »
  • Flooding Mississippi River Threatens Catfish Industry

    May 13, 2011 9:50 AM

    YAZOO CITY, Miss. (AP) - Catfish farming in Mississippi faces grave danger from flooding. The rising Mississippi River and its swelling tributaries threaten to inundate an economic mainstay that generates $200 million in annual sales. These new woes follow struggles in recent years against competition from Asian imports and high... more »
  • Big Bill if Mississippi River Commerce Snagged

    May 13, 2011 9:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - If the lower portion of the flooding Mississippi River is closed to ships, the U.S. economy could face a bill running into the hundreds of millions of dollars a day. In 2008, a 100-mile stretch of the river was closed for six days after a tugboat... more »
  • Mississippi River could crest Monday at Memphis

    May 9, 2011 8:43 AM

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Forecasters say the Mississippi River could crest late Monday at Memphis - hours sooner than previously predicted - but the mayor says the city's ready for it. Mayor AC Wharton said that despite the tightened timeframe, he's confident that precautions such as door-to-door warnings have prepared... more »
  • In the Delta, a New Flood Brings Back Old Fears

    May 8, 2011 11:45 PM

    GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - As the crest in the Mississippi River rolls toward the heart of the Delta, the great flood of 1927 is on a lot of minds. On April 21 of that year, an engorged Mississippi River broke through a levee a few miles north of Greenville, sending... more »
  • More Evacuations in Memphis as Mississippi Rises

    May 8, 2011 11:41 PM

    MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) - The swollen Mississippi River has swamped houses in Memphis and threatens to consume many more, but its rise has been slow enough that some people were clinging to their normal lives just a bit longer. That much was clear Sunday from an unexpected smell - barbecue... more »
  • Bonnet Carre Spillway: Watch Streaming Video

    May 8, 2011 8:08 PM

    Click here for a link to a live feed from the Bonnet Carre Spillway, which will be opened Monday morning at 8 a.m., to divert water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain.
  • Morganza Spillway could be opened for first time since 1973

    May 4, 2011 11:52 PM

    Heavy rain up north brings the Mississippi River to record levels and the Atchafalaya Basin Levee District is drawing up a game plan in case there is flooding in the basin. There are places along the basin that could be underwater if the Morganza Spillway is opened for the first... more »
  • High Water in Mississippi River Heading for Louisiana

    April 29, 2011 8:00 PM

    Water flowing from the Mississippi River is reaching record breaking highs in Illinois and according to officials the high water is heading right for us. Governor Jindal declared a state of emergency yesterday. Mike Stagg, spokesperson with the Army Corps of Engineers, said Louisiana "is starting to see a little... more »
  • Deputies recover body from Mississippi River

    March 9, 2011 9:35 AM

    PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - West Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies have recovered a body from the Mississippi River. Sheriff Mike Cazes says that a tugboat captain called the sheriff's office around 5 p.m. Tuesday to report a body floating in the river. Deputies say tugboat was able to secure the... more »
  • Tug co. in Mississippi River crash pleads guilty

    September 8, 2010 9:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A company whose towboat was involved in a crash with a tanker that caused a major oil spill on the Mississippi River two years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to operating vessels with unqualified and overworked captains. DRD Towing Co., a company based a few miles upriver... more »
  • DOTD Reminds Motorists Permanent Lane Adjustments to the I-10 Miss. River Bridge

    August 19, 2010 5:21 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) reminds motorists that permanent lane adjustments to the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge went into effect on Sunday, August 8, at 8 a.m. The lane adjustments have been implemented as part of the ongoing I-10 Mississippi Bridge signing and striping project, and will... more »
  • Three oyster harvesting areas east of the Mississippi River are now reopen

    July 30, 2010 9:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reopens three oyster harvesting areas east of the Mississippi River, including Lake Borgne (born) in Orleans Parish. Secretary Alan Levine says areas will open a half-hour before sunrise Saturday. He says a specialist with the federal Food and... more »
  • Part of Mississippi River delta Reopens to Recreational Fishing

    July 29, 2010 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham reopens part of the Mississippi River delta in Plaquemines Parish to recreational fishing. He says state waters from the northern shore of Pass a Loutre westward to the western shoreline of Southwest Pass were being opened at 6... more »
  • Discovery of Man's Body Found Floating in Mississippi River

    May 21, 2010 1:37 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of a man's body found floating in the Mississippi River. The East Jefferson Levee District contacted the sheriff's office Thursday after the body was found in the river, at River Road and the River Batture in Metairie.... more »
  • Man's Body Found In Mississippi River

    May 21, 2010 9:59 AM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of a man's body found floating in the Mississippi River. The East Jefferson Levee District contacted the sheriff's office Thursday after the body was found in the river, at River Road and the River Batture in Metairie.... more »
  • Mississippi River Back Open After Collision

    March 30, 2010 3:28 PM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Coast Guard has reopened a portion of the Mississippi River near St. Joseph, La., after a collision of two towing vessels on Tuesday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers located a sunken barge and at 1 p.m., the Coast Guard... more »
  • Portion of Mississippi River Closed After Accident

    March 30, 2010 1:20 PM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Coast Guard has a portion of the Mississippi River closed after two towing vessels collided Tuesday near St. Joseph, La. There were no injuries in the collision that occurred about midnight. The Coast Guard says it was notified by... more »
  • Mogan City Residents Not Worried About High Water

    February 18, 2010 7:03 PM

    Diane Martin lives in the Wilmore Home, the oldest house in Morgan City. She's lived there on and off for 20 years. The house is right around the corner from the Freret St. flood wall. "I really don't pay that much attention to it. It doesn't scare... more »
  • Miss. River levels to top flood stage soon

    January 29, 2010 7:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Rising water in the Mississippi River will take river levels at Baton Rouge above flood stage in the next two weeks, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service River Forecast Center in Slidell. River levels are expected to reach their peak or crest at 37... more »

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