New Orleans, La. – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is advising residents to be prepared for a flood.
"Unfortunately for us, there's enough water in this system, even if we don't get additional rain, there's enough water in this system, we know that there are areas of Louisiana that are going to be flooded."
New Orleans, La. – The fresh water pouring into the saltwater estuaries is expected to push brown shrimp and fish out of the lake. But John Lopez of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation says the species will likely recover. The water quality is an immediate concern, because it contains nutrients that create alga blooms that will decay and consume too much oxygen.
New Orleans, La. – Governor Jindal says the Army Corps of Engineers continues to pinpoint which areas will flood if the Morganza Spillway is opened northwest of the capital. Some could be under 25 feet of water, but the levels are only estimates.
"We, again, strongly encourage residents: follow the guidance of your local elected officials. They will have detailed information on specific areas within particular parishes."
New Orleans, La. – John Barry knows what damage is possible from a raging Mississippi River. His book "Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America" details the destruction of levee breaks.
"Frankly it makes me a little nervous to see this much water in the river. Maybe because I know the power in the river."
New Orleans, La. – Dr. Nancy Rabalais is the executive director of the Louisiana University Marine Consortium. She's been studying the phenomenon known as dead zones of depleted oxygen in the Gulf. The hole blown in the levee near Wyatt, Missouri, means water will inundate farmland and avoid residential areas. But Rabalais says the water is flowing over farmland full of fertilizers containing nitrogen, which depletes oxygen levels, and will rejoin the river system and end up in the Gulf.
New Orleans, La. – Allison Plyer of the Community Data Center says other areas hit hard by blight, such as Detroit, haven't had the population drop that New Orleans endured after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
New Orleans, La. – Bon Jovi sat with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials with young people representing programs designed to help them get through tough circumstances. Several stories at the meeting held at Caf Reconcile involved drugs and crime. Bon Jovi said afterwards that their troubles can be lifted with a group effort.
New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu has named former New Orleans City Councilman James Carter as the newly created Criminal Justice Commissioner. He says Carter will coordinate efforts of the criminal justice system in a new war room established to combat the murder rate. Landrieu says the city is making strides in overhauling the police department, streamlining the budget and clearing away blighted buildings. He's calling on the entire city to get involved.