Forecasters In New Orleans Now Expect Levees Will Handle Storm Surge

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Forecasters in New Orleans are dropping their estimate of how high the Mississippi River will get when a projected hurricane reaches the Louisiana coast.

They now expect the river to reach 19 feet above sea level.

That's good news for city residents because the previous estimate of 20 feet that matched or exceeded the height of levee walls.

Barry is taking longer to form than expected, which means it's not drawing as much strength.

One of the biggest concerns about this storm is that it would push the Mississippi River over the levees that line its banks.

The River was more than 16 feet above sea level this morning.

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