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WWNO News Reports
Thu May 12, 2011
Mayor Landrieu Says City Is Safe From Flooding
By Eileen Fleming
New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu is asking that despite a desire to watch the river rush past, people need to stay off the levees while workers monitor the condition of the structures.
"The bottom line is that, as of right now and based on all the information that we have available to us, and the information that we believe will be forthcoming, indicates that that the situation is that the city of New Orleans is safe."
So far there's no decision on whether to open the Morganza Spillway north of Baton Rouge. That would divert water away from the capital and New Orleans, but flood thousands of homes in the Atchafalaya River basin west of the river. Landrieu says he expects the spillway will be opened, but says the levees around New Orleans could handle the stress.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.