flood protection

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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BP Oil Spill
10:20 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Levee Panel Wants Oil Suit Back In State Court

The New Orleans-based flood control board that sued dozens of oil and gas companies over the erosion of coastal wetlands is trying to get that lawsuit put back in state court.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's board of commissioners filed the suit in state civil district court in New Orleans on July 24. Last month, it was transferred to federal court at the request of Chevron U.S.A., one of the defendants. The company argued that federal laws govern many of the suit's claims.

Flood Control
7:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

GNO, Inc. Water Plan Envisions Canals And Detention Ponds

GNO, Inc. plan calls for $6.2 billion system.

Business and political leaders joined with Dutch water experts in recommending a plan that revamps the way the New Orleans region deals with storm water. It requires a major shift in how residents see water inside the levee system.

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Environment
6:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Levee Board Takes On Oil Industry Over Damage To Delta

New Orleans' levee board is suing energy companies for damaging the Mississippi River delta by cutting canals through the marshland. The canals let in sea water, which kills marshes, eroding the city's protective buffer against storms. A map of the delta.
Frank Relle

 

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has a new flood protection system — $14 billion of levees, pumps and flood gates built by the Army Corps of Engineers. Residents, though, don't think that will be enough. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East, the local levee board, basically, says that as sea levels rise and wetlands down river get washed away, New Orleans will need more help.

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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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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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Sewerage & Water Board
8:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

FEMA to Pay $19M for New Orleans Sewerage Pump Stations

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing $19 million for flood mitigation efforts at nine sewerage pump stations in New Orleans.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, said in a statement Friday that improving the sewerage infrastructure can help the city prepare for reduce the impact of a natural disaster.

The FEMA grant will pay for elevating and hardening the pump stations to prevent the kind of flood damage that occurred during hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Flood Protection
12:23 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Dunes to Protect Port Fourchon

Work is expected to begin in spring on construction of a sand dune barrier designed to protect Port Fourchon.

The Courier reports the Greater Lafourche Port Commission has approved a $3 million bid to build about a mile of dunes along the beach.

The dunes will be built up to a height of 10 feet and will be made of a textile tube core filled with slurry to form a solid base that can't be easily washed away by storm surge.

The construction bid was awarded to New Orleans-based Hamp's Construction.

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