I received a call from Amtrak about my reservation next week (March 5) on the City of New Orleans from Hammond, LA, to Chicago. The agent informed me that the train has been cancelled between New Orleans & Jackson, MS, and that I would be on a Thruway Bus from Hammond to Jackson to board my train. The agent also said that the portion of the CONO's route from New Orleans to Jackson was cancelled through March 11 with the bus bridge in effect for both 58 & 59. Although she did not give a specific reason for the schedule change, I believe that this is in effect due to the Army Corp of Engineers opening the Bonne Carre Spillway today. The spillway is located just north of New Orleans and, when opened, diverts water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain. It was opened today to prevent flooding in and around New Orleans as the river is rising fast and is already above flood stage in Louisiana. The CN (IC) main line crosses the Bonne Carre Spillway between New Orleans and Hammond.