River down, flood precautions eased at New Orleans levees

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The Mississippi River has fallen enough at New Orleans for officials to stop daily levee inspections.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday it reduced its “flood fight” procedures from Phase II to Phase I. Phase I begins when the river hits 11 feet at New Orleans.

It calls for twice-weekly inspections. And it requires special waivers to proceed with permitted construction on or near the levees.

Phase II begins when the river hits 15 feet. It calls for daily inspections and no construction waivers.

The river fell below 15 feet Friday. 

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