Army Corps Of Engineers To Close Surge Barrier In Advance Of Tropical Storm Karen

Oct 3, 2013

The Army Corps of Engineers will close the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway barge gate at the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal-Lake Borgne Surge Barrier, the agency announced today in a press release.

The barrier is scheduled to be closed at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, according to Corps of Engineers spokesman Ken Holder.

The surge barrier, a 1.8-mile-long concrete wall stretching across the old Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and Golden Triangle Marsh, was built after Hurricane Katrina to tie into the New Orleans East and St. Bernard Parish floodwall systems, and keep storm surge from Lake Borgne out of the Industrial Canal.

The navigational gate on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the 56-foot-wide Bayou Bienvenue lift gate will both remain open until further notice, Holder says.