February 24, 2014 2:09 PM
NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard says it is conditionally reopening 40 miles of the Mississippi River from New Orleans upriver, but 25 miles remain closed after oil spilled into the river. Port spokesman Matt Gresham says each vessel's hull must be certified clean of oil before it can move along... more »
February 13, 2014 11:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- Fewer people died while boating in Louisiana during 2013 than in any year since 1974 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news release Thursday.
Thirteen people died last year. Previously, the record for the least amount of deaths on the water was in... more »
January 24, 2014 9:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - The icy conditions closed many roads and bridges Friday. Drivers waited in line for hours cross the 190 bridge after the Mississippi River bridge closed completely. The only sure way to get across the river is the Plaquemine Ferry.
Even then, it's a long wait.
... more »
January 22, 2014 5:57 PM
NEW ROADS - A council created by the state legislature is working to restore fishing in False River.
Today the False River Watershed Council (FRWC) held an open house in New Roads to discuss progress to create fish habitats and plans to reduce silt in the oxbow lake.
... more »
December 6, 2013 11:27 AM
SPRINGFIELD - The cause of a boating crash that killed a man in Livingston Parish is under investigation.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents are looking into the Dec. 5 single vessel crash that killed 68-year-old Emil Durbin of Springfield.
LDWF agents were called in about the... more »
September 9, 2013 9:07 AM
JACKSON, Miss.- Mississippi's record for the heaviest alligator has fallen again with the catch of a 741.5-pounder in the backwater of the Mississippi River near Port Gibson on Sunday morning. The Clarion-Ledger reports that it also tied the record for longest alligator at 13-feet, 6.5-inches. Jimmy Greer of Canton, Dalco... more »
September 7, 2013 4:18 PM
CONVENT - The Coast Guard says they are working with a vessel in the Mississippi River to clean up an oil spill.
Officials say the spill is coming from a vessel at Yara Terminal Mile 167 stationed in Convent.
Yara operators say the crew on board the vessel is... more »
August 31, 2013 5:09 PM
BELLE RIVER- The Sorrento police chief is recovering after he was grazed by bullet in Assumption Parish Thursday. Details of the incident were released Saturday.
Chief Earl Theriot told WBRZ News 2, he heard what sounded like a gun shot and felt his neck burn. His injuries are described... more »
August 31, 2013 4:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - A 13 mile section of the Mississippi River was shut down this morning as the growing sport of paddleboarding took over the river.
"At first everyone was scared to death. They were lying if they weren't scared to death," said paddleboarder Mark Salvetti.
Nearly 70... more »
August 20, 2013 10:38 PM
CENTRAL- People took a look at a proposed new route across the Amite River Tuesday night.
Engineers revealed plans for a new bridge and roundabout at the intersection of Hooper Road and Greenwell Springs Road in East Baton Rouge. Once it crosses the river into Livingston, the highway would... more »
July 29, 2013 10:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- There's a hope along the Mississippi River that the sound of the Delta Queen's three octave calliope will pierce the air along the river.
Legislation has moved out of the U.S. House of Transportation Committee allowing the vessel to resume river cruises. The Delta Queen, built in... more »
July 10, 2013 6:04 PM
NEW ORLEANS - An arduous, five-day effort to locate a tugboat and bring it to the surface after it sank in the Mississippi River, interrupting the flow of traffic and commerce for days, has finally come to an end. Crews pulled the sunken 47-foot-long towing vessel from the river and... more »
July 9, 2013 11:19 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says it has closed a section of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans so a tugboat that sank over the weekend can be salvaged. Spokesman Jonathan Lally says the river was closed around 6 a.m. Tuesday from mile marker 7.3 to mile marker... more »
July 5, 2013 11:56 AM
HOLDEN - Three people missing overnight after tubing on the Tickfaw River were found early Friday morning.
Two men, 27 and 21, and one woman, 18, were found around 7 a.m. after spending the night on a sandbar close to the Courtney Bridge area.
They were separated from... more »
June 10, 2013 1:40 PM
KILLIAN - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a 6-year-old girl is in critical condition with head injuries after a ski boat crashed into a tree on the Natalbany River bank. Enforcement Division spokesman Adam Einck says the girl was among five people in the 22-foot ski boat,... more »
June 9, 2013 4:17 PM
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa authorities have identified a body found in a river as that of a 15-year-old girl who was abducted with another girl after getting off a school bus last month. Officials said Sunday that an autopsy confirms the body found Friday night in the Des Moines... more »
May 28, 2013 5:53 PM
WATSON - A day after Jacques Demare, 21, drowned while tubing down the Amite River, residents in the area are asking for more eyes on the water to keep the river cleaner and safer.
Aaron Ott has lived on the edge of the water for nearly a decade.
... more »
May 23, 2013 10:11 PM
NEAR SEATTLE, Wash.- Cars and people are reportedly in the water after a bridge over a river collapsed Thursday evening.
An unknown number of people were injured when the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Skagit River apparently failed.
Authorities said the bridge fell sometime before 7 p.m. (Washington... more »
May 22, 2013 10:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - A wreck involving a flipped vehicle caused traffic to back up this morning on the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge.
The Department of Transportation and Development reported the wreck on I-10 East flipped a car and forced authorities to close some lanes in both directions.... more »
May 14, 2013 8:57 PM
BRUSLY- A man, possibly naked, is apparently playing a bizarre game of hide-and-seek with authorities on the Mississippi River.
Sources tell WBRZ News 2, the U.S. Coast Guard was called after deputies in East Baton Rouge asked for help locating a missing boater earlier Tuesday. Deputies were trying to... more »
May 6, 2013 3:45 PM
LAKE PROVIDENCE - The Mississippi River is again flooding about 8,500 acres of farmland in East Carroll Parish's Bunches Bend, which had a huge levee failure in 2011 that wiped out $10 million in crops. The News-Star reports the 2011 breach on the levee's northern end was fixed, but a... more »
April 30, 2013 5:40 PM
BATON ROUGE- Army Corps of Engineer inspectors found a minor crack in the levee near the USS Kidd today during a routine inspection.
The inspection, part of the "Phase One Flood Fight," is triggered when the river reaches a certain level, but the Corps says it's no cause for... more »
April 22, 2013 9:10 AM
VICKSBURG, Miss.- The Mississippi River remains closed at Vicksburg as authorities work to determine whether a sunken barge was a navigation hazard. Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Gomez says an assessment is underway but it is uncertain when the river will reopen to ship traffic. Gomez says 233 barges are waiting... more »
April 17, 2013 4:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities reopened I-10 West this evening after a wreck on the Mississippi River Bridge closed it for more than an hour.
The Department of Transportation and Development said several vehicles were involved, including multiple tractor trailers.
Traffic was diverted north at the I-10 and I-110... more »
March 14, 2013 4:11 PM
NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond want the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Mississippi River deep enough so it can handle the huge cargo ships expected to use the Panama Canal once its expansion is completed next year. The Louisiana Democrats submitted... more »
March 8, 2013 7:58 PM
WALKER- Sheriff's deputies arrested a person they describe as the primary person of interest in a homicide investigation Friday night.
Joshua M. Mitchell was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to register as a sex offender. Deputies in Livingston Parish believe he is connected to the disappearance and... more »
March 8, 2013 4:45 PM
LIVINGSTON - Investigators are waiting on autopsy results that could explain just what happened to a Walker man who was found dead this week.
Brandon Parnell's body was found by a fisherman Thursday in a creek along Airline Highway near Blind River in St. James Parish. His family told... more »
February 25, 2013 2:11 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the near-historic Mississippi River flood of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like no other flood before it.
A report released today said the Mississippi River and Tributaries system worked as... more »
February 14, 2013 10:55 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Coast Guard and other emergency responders are on the Mississippi River, working to contain an oil spill after some tugboats collided.
An official with the USCG told WBRZ News 2, a tug and barge was docked, off loading an oil product when another tug and barge... more »
February 11, 2013 3:24 PM
PEARL RIVER- The victim of an explosion Sunday evening near Pearl River has been identified.
Authorities in St. Tammany Parish say 19 year-old Thomas James Rinkus Jr. was killed when a homemade explosive device detonated unexpectedly.
They say Rinkus and a 17 year-old, who was injured, were at... more »
January 31, 2013 10:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - A day of searching on the Belle River ended without good news for the family of a missing Baton Rouge firefighter.
Teams from five different agencies used divers and SONAR-equipped boats in their search for Jacob Lewis, 28, who went into the river last night while... more »
January 31, 2013 2:49 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - Vessels are moving cautiously through a section of the Mississippi River where a barge is leaking oil as the Coast Guard tries to ease the economic impact of shutting down one of the nation's vital commerce routes. Chief Petty Officer Paul Roszkowski says officials are allowing northbound... more »
January 30, 2013 7:03 AM
VICKSBURG, Miss. - With more than 50 vessels idling on the water for a fourth day, authorities say they still don't know when they will be able to reopen a stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to an oil spill near Vicksburg. Coast Guard Petty Officer... more »
January 29, 2013 6:14 AM
VICKSBURG, Miss. - The Coast Guard says nearly four dozen vessels are stacked up on the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, awaiting clearance as crews work around the clock to clean up an oil spill. Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally told The Associated Press early Tuesday workers are skimming oily water... more »
January 28, 2013 8:49 AM
JACKSON, Miss.- The Coast Guard says a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed to barge and ship traffic as cleanup crews with booms work to remove an oily sheen near Vicksburg after a barge with 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge last weekend. Coast Guard... more »
January 28, 2013 2:40 AM
YONKERS, N.Y. - Two people have been rescued after their single-engine plane crashed and sank into the icy Hudson River off Yonkers. Authorities say the plane was carrying a man and a woman on a sightseeing trip, and crashed about 5:20 p.m. Sunday. The two were wearing life vests and... more »
January 18, 2013 11:54 AM
LAPLACE - The Coast Guard says a tug boat carrying 4,000 gallons of diesel and 100 gallons of lube oil sank in the Mississippi River near LaPlace. Petty Officer Alex Washington tells The Times-Picayune no one was on the vessel at the time and no injuries were reported.
Washington... more »
January 14, 2013 12:45 PM
HOLDEN - Public works crews started repairs to bridges damaged by high water in Livingston Parish.
Crews went out this morning to the Frank Ballard Road Bridge, one of several in the Holden area which were damaged. Parish DPW crews said the bridge floated about four feet off its... more »
January 14, 2013 10:40 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish authorities continued to deal with swamped roads and high river levels after heavy flooding last week and more rain this past weekend.
Waterways are still closed to recreational watercraft until they drop back down to safe levels again.
Here's a list of current road... more »
January 11, 2013 3:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden officially declared a local disaster for East Baton Rouge Parish after two days of rainfall and localized flooding.
The declaration activates parish emergency response plans and other activities.
Holden's office noted that while the rain has stopped, the Amite and Comite rivers... more »
January 11, 2013 10:17 AM
BATON ROUGE - Heavy rain moved on after soaking Louisiana for two days, leaving behind swollen rivers and areas still dealing with high water.
Livingston Parish declared an individual emergency to help residents there deal with flooding in their homes and businesses. Gov. Jindal also declared a statewide emergency... more »
January 6, 2013 11:16 AM
UPDATE: All westbound lanes crossing the river are open. Eastbound lanes will be intermittingly closed to remove vehicles involved in crash.
BATON ROUGE - A crash this morning closed all lanes of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge into East Baton Rouge Parish.
The multi-vehicle crash involves an 18-wheeler... more »
December 27, 2012 2:33 PM
ST. LOUIS- The Mississippi River's water level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warn that river commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis. The Coast Guard remains confident that the nation's largest waterway will remain open... more »
December 14, 2012 6:32 PM
ST. LOUIS - The Army Corps of Engineers says it's close to shoring up how soon contractors could begin removing treacherous southern Illinois rock formations impeding barge traffic in the drought-plagued Mississippi River. The corps says it has hired Newt Marine Service of Dubuque, Iowa, and Kokosing Construction Co. of... more »
December 5, 2012 2:26 PM
ST. LOUIS - A revised Mississippi River forecast is offering a bit of a reprieve for shippers, showing the water level isn't dropping as quickly as feared. Still, at least two large barge companies already are reducing loads over concerns about the river's depth. The river at St. Louis on... more »
November 29, 2012 3:10 PM
WASHINGTON - A top Army Corps of Engineers official told federal lawmakers the agency can't legally reverse its decision to reduce the Missouri River's flow into the rain-starved Mississippi River. But Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy did tell him and senators from Iowa and... more »
November 15, 2012 2:24 PM
ALEXANDRIA - Red River Bank of Alexandria is buying Fidelity Bank of Baton Rouge. Red River Bank President and CEO Blake Chatelaine says the purchase price is private and confidential. Holding firm Red River Bancshares Inc. said in a news release Thursday that its merger with Fidelity Bancorp Inc. should... more »
November 15, 2012 10:23 AM
THIBODAUX - The Nicholls State University football team will close out its home schedule with a Thursday night showdown against Southeastern La. in the River Bell Classic.
Kickoff at John L. Guidry Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Before the game, Nicholls will honor its 15-member 2012 Senior... more »
November 13, 2012 2:29 PM
ST. LOUIS - The Army Corps of Engineers will proceed with plans to reduce flow from an upper Missouri River reservoir despite concerns that it will worsen low-water problems on the Mississippi River. The corps expects to cut the flow from a South Dakota dam by about 40 percent starting... more »
November 2, 2012 2:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police said two people died in a wrong-way wreck which tied up traffic all morning on the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said Alex Dillman, 29, was driving an SUV the wrong way on I-10 East overnight when he struck a Freightliner head-on just... more »
October 3, 2012 4:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - Crews retrieved a dolphin today found dead in the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge earlier this week.
Members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Search and Rescue team helped the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries retrieve the mammal from waters near the... more »
October 2, 2012 10:39 AM
BATON ROUGE - Wildlife officials said they will attempt to retrieve a dead dolphin discovered in the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge this week.
A spokesperson for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said the dolphin was reported yesterday near the Old Mississippi River Bridge, but they couldn't... more »
September 20, 2012 10:23 AM
PORT VINCENT- Trash lurking in the Amite River is becoming more visible following flooding from Hurricane Isaac.
Residents in the area say the high waters floated trash into areas along the banks of the river.
Those residents also say more people are littering along Hwy 42.
News... more »
September 12, 2012 4:10 PM
HEAD OF ISLAND- Alligator hunters say Hurricane Isaac caused several problems as the season gets underway.
Livingston waterways were closed until this week, high water levels have pushed alligators into uncommon areas, and recent cool weather means the reptiles move around less.
Gator hunter Kenny Watts said there... more »
September 10, 2012 1:03 PM
LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders announced today waterways in Livingston and Ascension parishes closed for Hurricane Isaac will reopen tomorrow.
Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said river levels had lowered enough that it was safe to let boats back on the water.
"Please remember to watch your wakes where... more »
August 31, 2012 2:49 PM
NEW ORLEANS- The Mississippi River has reopened to shipping from Baton Rouge to its mouth after being closed on Monday as Hurricane Isaac approached. The Coast Guard was limiting some traffic as a backlog of vessels -including a cruise ship - waited to enter the river about 90 miles southeast... more »
August 30, 2012 10:27 AM
HAMMOND - Emergency managers in Tangipahoa Parish called for a mandatory evacuation of anyone living along the Tangipahoa River because of damage at a dam in Mississippi.
Authorities also called for an evacuation of the town of Kentwood after a flyover of the area.
Parish emergency officials said... more »
August 29, 2012 5:17 PM
GULFPORT, Miss. - The National Weather Service says tropical storm force winds could continue past midnight into early Thursday morning in coastal and south Mississippi.
Meteorologists are predicting as much as 11 inches of rain by Monday in parts of Mississippi.
The Gulfport airport had recorded about 6... more »
August 23, 2012 10:21 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Shipping is being allowed to move slowly through a stretch of the Mississippi River near Greenville, Miss., that has been a trouble spot as low water caused by drought exposes sand and mud bars. Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said on Thursday barges are being allowed... more »
August 21, 2012 3:32 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say low water levels that are restricting shipping traffic, forcing harbor closures and causing towboats and barges to run aground on the Mississippi River are expected to continue into October. Major Gen. John W. Peabody, commander of the Corps'... more »
August 20, 2012 3:55 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The U.S. Coast Guard says 97 boats and barges are waiting for passage along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed because of low water levels. Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets told The Associated Press on Monday that the stretch of river near... more »
August 15, 2012 2:53 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Mississippi River has been closed temporarily as contractors placed a pipeline in the Mississippi River to build an underwater barrier that the Army Corps of Engineers says will stop the advance of salt water threatening drinking water in the New Orleans area. Due to low water... more »
August 13, 2012 5:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - The cost to do business for farmers could trickle down to the consumer as early as the end of this year.
Drought conditions in the Midwest and transportations issues on the Mississippi River are making it difficult to grow and ship product.
The Mississippi River... more »
July 17, 2012 5:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - At a depth of 6.4 feet, the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge is the lowest it's been in years, and it's much worse further north.
The river's center channel between Baton Rouge and the mouth of the Mississippi River is much deeper, though, ranging between 44... more »
July 10, 2012 12:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - A wreck blocked several lanes of I-10 on the Mississippi River bridge during the noon rush today.
The Department of Transportation and Development said the center and left lanes of I-10E on the bridge were blocked after the wreck. All lanes were reopened just before 1... more »
July 9, 2012 4:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police in Baton Rouge arrested a man in connection with a shooting that happened on the Mississippi River Bridge July 4, and closed one side of I-10 over the bridge for hours.
Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said Eric Jackson, 35, of Port Allen faces charges of attempted... more »
July 4, 2012 5:55 PM
NEW ROADS- The False River Boat Parade drew hundreds to the oxbow lake to celebrate Independence Day with friends and family.
The traditional celebration's theme for this year was 'Save Our Saints,' something that had people decorating their piers and boats with 'Bounty-Gate' references.
"I just decided to... more »
July 4, 2012 10:11 AM
NEW ROADS - The traditional Fourth of July boat parade is underway at False River.
Boaters and revelers alike will arm themselves with thousands of water balloons for what could be the state's largest water war.
The tradition also features boats and piers decorated in theme to honor... more »
July 2, 2012 10:23 AM
BATON ROUGE - Join WBRZ Channel 2 and The Advocate as we present our annual "Fireworks on the Mississippi" Independence Day celebration.
Show starts at 9 p.m. and can be viewed all along the downtown Baton Rouge Mississippi Levee. If you can't make it out to the fireworks, you... more »
June 19, 2012 5:12 PM
NEW ORLEANS - There's mud - lots of it - flowing down the Mississippi River and getting washed out into the Gulf of Mexico every day. Now, in an effort to help stave off the catastrophic loss of the mighty river's threatened delta, the Army Corps of Engineers says it... more »
May 28, 2012 5:29 PM
NEW ROADS - Wildlife and Fisheries agents spent Memorial Day enforcing boating laws.
During routine boat checks, agents asked boaters to see sufficient life jackets, a fire extinguisher and the boat's registration.
Last year, LDWF arrested more than 100 people for driving boats while intoxicated. more »
May 6, 2012 9:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - A traffic alert from the East Baton Rouge City-Parish Department of Public Works Traffic Engineering Division.
River Road between North Boulevard and Florida Street will be fully closed starting Monday, May 7th at 9:00 a.m. for sewer work.
The closure is expected to last until... more »
April 24, 2012 5:21 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Department of Transportation and Development has hired a consulting firm to study how to improve traffic conditions on I-10 between the Mississippi River Bridge and the 10/12 Split.
DOTD also wants to get some input from drivers and people who live near the interstate to help... more »
April 10, 2012 2:31 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say there are no signs of shoreline or wildlife being affected by the discharge of fuel oil from a tanker on the Mississippi River. The Coast Guard said the discharge from a ballast pipe on the tanker Overseas Beryl was reported shortly after 10 p.m. Monday... more »
April 4, 2012 9:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Sherrif's Office spokesperson announced Wednesday that an suspect was arrested in relation to the murder of 33-year-old Tiffany Degazon, whose body was found on S. River Road.
Homicide detectives arrested Warren Slan, 43, for second degree murder after matching DNA samples that... more »
April 2, 2012 10:39 AM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities are still investigating the death of Tiffany Degazon, 33, who was found shot to death on South River Road Saturday morning.
She was found by a passerby, but the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office has not said where Degazon was killed or how many... more »
March 30, 2012 2:24 PM
PHILIPPI, W.Va.- U.S. marshals say they caught a fugitive from Louisiana after he jumped into the Tygart River, then realized he couldn't swim. 31-year-old Larry Murry of Labadieville, La., was wanted on a charge of aggravated incest. A deputy marshal was closing in on him near Philippi on Thursday afternoon... more »
March 22, 2012 11:07 AM
NEW ORLEANS- Beauregard Parish sheriff's deputies and state wildlife agents have boats at Bundick's Lake to rescue people who didn't hear or didn't heed warnings that storm runoff would raise it to dangerous heights. Chief Deputy Joe Toler says four rescue boats were at the lake Thursday. On Wednesday, sheriff's... more »
March 9, 2012 7:02 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans District of the Army Corps of Engineers says it has more than a half billion dollars to spend on projects to fix damage from the historic flooding on the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers last year. The Army Corps says it plans to spend $257... more »
February 22, 2012 5:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - Tickfaw State Park will remain closed until Monday due to the rising water level of the Tickfaw River.
The Office of State Parks predicts Tickfaw River will crest at 14 feet tonight, Wednesday evening.
The high water is impacting the park's entrance, campground, trails, and... more »
February 21, 2012 5:47 AM
...River Flooding Update...
The Amite River in Denham Springs has crested around 31.0 feet & will slowly fall the next few days.
The Amite River in Bayou Manchac Point is at 9.0 feet, at flood stage, and will crest at 10.0 feet Wed. Evening. Watch for some flooding... more »
February 17, 2012 7:16 AM
LAPLACE - A five-mile stretch of the Mississippi River in southern Louisiana is closed following an oil spill.
The Coast Guard says a tugboat pushing an oil tanker barge collided with a crane barge about 2 a.m. Friday, tearing a gash into the double-hulled tank.
The accident occurred... more »
February 10, 2012 4:12 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers says it's keeping an eye on Mississippi River levees because the river is high. The twice-weekly checks are a precaution because the water is expected to remain high for a while. The corps said Thursday that patrols began this week for levees... more »