Mississippi River shut down in New Orleans

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#1
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Hmmmm! I sure feel sorry for those scheduled to leave on the Elation tomorrow. Officials say the river could be shut down for a while. Do they relocate those people to Galveston? Just wondering.
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why is it shut down?
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Last time they moved the cruise to Mobile and bussed them there.
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What I read said it should be reopened tonight. They shut down traffic to install a sill to keep saltwater from advancing up the river and threatening the cities drinking water. Did something happen with the dredge or pipeline they're installing?
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Originally posted by CanWeGoYet?
why is it shut down?
The river was closed temporarily to shipping traffic in New Orleans as contractors began building an underwater barrier to stop the advance of salt water threatening drinking water in the New Orleans area. Due to low water levels in the Mississippi River, salt water has been moving far upriver and was at the outskirts of New Orleans, nearly 90 miles north of the mouth of the Mississippi. The river is expected to be reopened Wednesday evening.
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Salt water from the Gulf is entering the river because of the low water level which makes the drinking water unsafe. Engineers are placing a pipeline to make an underwater barrier to keep the salt water out of the river. I've lived here my entire life and have never heard of this before. The article I read said it could take weeks to possibly months.
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12 hour shutdown, 45 days estimated to do the work, one way traffic most of the time.
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Originally posted by Westbank is bestbank
But carnival doesn't use the mobile port anymore.
There wasn't a Terminal at all in Gulfport but the Conquest sailed from there until it could get up the river when it first came to NOLA when it was new. Amazingly, they can make do if they have to in other areas.
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Originally posted by Westbank is bestbank
But carnival doesn't use the mobile port anymore.
Carnival had never used the port in Houston before Hurricane Ike either .. but they made arrangements ... believe me.. Mobile would welcome it.

I know that NOLA was closed when Ike hit and they dumped us in New Orleans and got porters out of bed to come get us off the ship.. I waited 4 hours.. its was awful.

But we went into NOLA before it had reopened...

And then they got permission to take the ship to a never before used port in Houston.
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Geez, and here I was worried about hurricanes sailing in the summer! We leave Monday on the Elation so I sure hope the river is opened then!!
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I am on conquest next month and need to be first off the ship when it ports at 7 am.. and I have a 6 1/4 hour drive to galveston to board Magic.

I hope the one way traffic doesnt affect conquest next month.. crossing my fingers.

conquest is a unlucky ship for me. As I said I was on it when Ike wiped out my car and Galveston.
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Originally posted by firefly333
I am on conquest next month and need to be first off the ship when it ports at 7 am.. and I have a 6 1/4 hour drive to galveston to board Magic.

I hope the one way traffic doesnt affect conquest next month.. crossing my fingers.

conquest is a unlucky ship for me. As I said I was on it when Ike wiped out my car and Galveston.
I will keep my fingers crossed for ya and hope you have some good luck.
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Originally posted by firefly333
I am on conquest next month and need to be first off the ship when it ports at 7 am.. and I have a 6 1/4 hour drive to galveston to board Magic.

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It should take 5 1/2 unless there is traffic around the Lake Charles due to construction.

But good luck my GF wouldnt let me do that type of planning
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#16
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Originally posted by jonbgd
It should take 5 1/2 unless there is traffic around the Lake Charles due to construction.
good to hear.. Im parking at fulton garage and if their shuttle is not outside, Ill grab a cab to the parking lot.. anything to shave off a few minutes.

I was saying no to conquest.. but my TA is flying over from UK, a real Lord, lol, and throwing a party with free drinks and taking everyone to the steak restaurant and some costume kind of party etc.

I felt like after booking thru him so many times I had to go. He is even paying for many of the cabins .. FREE.
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Originally posted by firefly333
good to hear.. Im parking at fulton garage and if their shuttle is not outside, Ill grab a cab to the parking lot.. anything to shave off a few minutes.

I was saying no to conquest.. but my TA is flying over from UK, a real Lord, lol, and throwing a party with free drinks and taking everyone to the steak restaurant and some costume kind of party etc.

I felt like after booking thru him so many times I had to go. He is even paying for many of the cabins .. FREE.
Sounds like a great time I would try it as well.... especially with the TA throwing the party..

Once you get close to the port in the AM check traffic on 10 if you can.
If they are still doing construction they have a detour around the lake that can be faster.I dont know which way you are driving in from but that may give you an Idea
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#18
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This was on the NBC nightly news tonight. Shipping freighters are getting stuck in the middle of the river because it is too shallow so I'm sure it wouldn't be much different for cruise ships
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#19
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Originally posted by wrigley80
This was on the NBC nightly news tonight. Shipping freighters are getting stuck in the middle of the river because it is too shallow so I'm sure it wouldn't be much different for cruise ships
I'm thinking not.
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Originally posted by wrigley80
This was on the NBC nightly news tonight. Shipping freighters are getting stuck in the middle of the river because it is too shallow so I'm sure it wouldn't be much different for cruise ships
Doesnt a cargo ship sit lower in the water than a cruise ship??
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