Port of New Orleans to stay closed for now

Aug 31, 2005 | 03:40 PM | Anthony Poole

The Port of New Orleans and the lower Mississippi River are unlikely to reopen before next week at the earliest, according to U.S. Coast Guard sources.

More than 9,000 tons of steel products pass through the port on a daily basis, according to 2004 data.

Damage assessments are being undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for the maintenance of the Mississippi, to make sure that the main navigation channels have not become over-silted as a result of the massive storm surge that Hurricane Katrina brought into the Mississippi delta when it hit land Aug. 29.....

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