1. When the Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway it flooded a recreational area, when they open the Morganza Floodway this weekend they will be flooding towns. The differences are easy explained in this video.
2. The US Coast Guard could close down shipping on the Mississippi River between the Gulf of Mexico and Baton Rouge. An economic report commissioned by the Port of New Orleans estimates a closure would cost the national economy up to $275 million a day.
3. The New Orleans metro-area water system is safe – for now. But residents should stay informed. If the Mississippi Rivers rises above the level of the barriers that protect the intake pipes, there is an increased risk of collision between the pipes and barges or ships navigating the fast and strong currents.
4. Flooding will negatively effect the already devastated Louisiana oyster industry.
5. Louisiana hasn’t seen the worst of it yet. The crest of the river is still rolling south.