Army Corps of Engineers

Flood Control
7:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Major Construction Set To Begin On Lakefront Pumping Stations

Army Corps of Engineers personnel testing the temporary outflow canal pumps and surge gates in 2009.
Shannon Donner US Army Corps of Engineers

The US Army Corps of Engineers is ready to begin work on three new pumping stations.

Residents along the Lakefront are being advised to brace themselves for some major construction work. The Army Corps of Engineers is starting work on three permanent canal closures and pumps at 17th Street and Orleans and London Avenues.

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Environment
8:39 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Ascension, St. James Want To Be Part Of Levee Plan

Residents and parish officials are lobbying the Army Corps of Engineers to include Ascension and St. James parishes in a massive hurricane protection project.

The Advocate reports the Army Corps met this past week with local interests as part of a public-comment process associated with the hurricane and storm damage risk reduction study.

A draft report on the project was released in August.

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Hurricane Season
1:26 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

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

Diagram of surge barrier and gates.
US Army Corps of Engineers

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.

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Hurricane Season
7:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Army Corps Of Engineers Commander Confident In New 'Risk Reduction' System

Army Corps Of Engineers commander Richard Hansen confident in new 'risk reduction' system.

New Orleans is facing the 2013 hurricane season behind a $14 billion system designed to protect the region from a 100-year storm.

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Environment
2:53 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Mississippi River's Many 'Parents' Look To Unify

Mississippi River floodwaters in Vicksburg, Miss., in 2011.
Dave Martin AP

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 7:16 pm

Life on the Mississippi River is a roller coaster of highs and lows: record high floodwaters one year, a drought and near-record low water levels the next. And those are just two of the many problems faced by river stakeholders like barge operators, farmers and conservation groups.

Those stakeholders met recently in Chicago to discuss the Mississippi's most pressing needs, any common ground, and how to speak with a unified voice in advocating for the nation's largest river system.

So far, that hasn't been easy.

Critical, Crumbling Lifeline

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Flood Protection
10:57 am
Tue March 12, 2013

St. Charles West Bank Levee Gets Final Approval

The Army Corps of Engineers has approved the third and final phase of the St. Charles west bank hurricane levee, which means all three phases of the levee project have corps approval to move toward construction.

At the St. Charles Parish Council meeting on Monday night, Parish President V.J. St. Pierre said the Corps of Engineers approved a permit green-lighting the design and construction of Phase III Ellington, the last permit necessary to authorize the project. The other two phases had already been approved.

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The Lens
11:27 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Funding Crisis Looms For $14 Billion Hurricane Protection System

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Metro area residents probably know stories about consumers with big eyes and small wallets who become “house poor.” But in the years ahead they may become familiar with a new, more frightening term: “levee poor.”

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Traffic
8:18 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Corps of Engineers to Temporarily Close Belle Chasse Tunnel

the Belle Chasse Bridge will carry one lane of traffic in each direction during the temporary closure of the tunnel.
cmh2315fl Flickr

The Belle Chasse Tunnel is closing for a week for work to stop groundwater from leaking into the tunnel.

The Army Corps of Engineers says the tunnel will close overnight — from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. — from Monday through Thursday. It will close 24 hours a day over the weekend, starting at 7 p.m. Friday and reopening at 5 a.m. on Monday, March 18.

The corps says more work will be needed to fully eliminate seepage, but the tunnel is expected to stay open after March 18.

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1:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Staffing Could be Cut at Calcasieu Lock

The staff at the Calcasieu Lock could be cut by half within the next 18 months because less federal money could be allocated to its operation and maintenance, the Army Corps of Engineers says.

Lockmaster Kevin Galley told a ports group meeting this past week that traffic will experience slowdowns in going through the lock.

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12:00 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Corps: Morganza Levee to Cost $12.9 Billion

The Army Corps of Engineers says a federal levee designed to protect Terrebonne Parish and parts of Lafourche Parish from storm flooding will cost $12.9 billion. State and local officials would have to come up with 35 percent, or up to $4.5 billion.

The plan released Friday includes 36 additional miles of levee, extending the Morganza project from U.S. 90 in Gibson to Louisiana Highway 1 in Lockport.

The corps plans a meeting about it Jan. 31 at the Houma Municipal Auditorium.

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