Officials: 'No concerns' about New Orleans levees

Wind blows through the trees as there is very little flooding from Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans, Saturday, July 13, 2019 ahead of landfall of Tropical Storm Barry in the Gulf of Mexico. | Photo Source: AP Photo / Matthew Hinton

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - Authorities say Tropical Storm Barry is unlikely to push the Mississippi River over the levees that protect the city of New Orleans.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official Mark Wingate told reporters on a conference call Saturday that officials "see no concerns at all about (water) overtopping the Mississippi River levees."

Wingate noted that the river is currently at 16.6 feet and is predicted to rise to about 17 feet, down from the previously anticipated level of about 20 feet.

Wingate also said all of the city's canal locks are in good shape.

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