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Corps Watching the Levees as Mississippi Rises

Once again South Louisiana’s safety is dependent on the Army Corps of Engineers and the levee system. However, in this case, the better performing River Levee System is tasked with fighting flooding. On Friday (7.18), the Corps initiated Phase II of the Flood Response Plan in response to rising river levels from Baton Rouge to Venice.

Gentilly Fights Blight, Remembers Katrina

Park Pushed for Site of Levee Breach

Katrina is nearly nine years passed, but reminders remain. The blighted site of one levee breach in Gentily is set to become a park. This morning, representatives from the advocacy group announced plans to work with neighborhood residents and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority to transform the vacant space at 5000 Warrington Drive into an open-air exhibit and garden.

Corps, Plaquemines Agree to Use Dredged River Material for Wetlands

Marsh could be making a comeback in one part of Plaquemines Parish next year. Officials from the Parish and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inked a deal this week to use material that's dredged from the bottom of the Mississippi River to build wetlands.

Water Bill Puts La. Projects on Priority List

Louisiana's D.C. delegation praised their Senate colleagues Thursday following passage of a massive water bill. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act authorizes multiple Army Corps of Engineers projects in South Louisiana, including levees and a move to make the Mighty Mississippi even deeper.

Corps Closes Portions of Carrollton, Claiborne, Prytania

Uptown road closures don't end with Mardi Gras these days, as work continues on a massive project to keep water off the streets. The Army Corps of Enigneers is stanching the flow of traffic on a section of Prytania St. as they complete a drainage project.

FEMA Accredits New Orleans Levees

The upgraded levees surrounding New Orleans are officially FEMA-certified. his week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency granted accrediation to the flood protection system in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and parts of other parishes. The designation means that FEMA believes the system can defend against flooding in a "100-year storm" as designed. 

Army Corps: Lakefront Floodwall in Need of Repairs

A contractor will fix a 50 ft. section of floodwall along Lake Pontchartrain that didn’t pass muster, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The structure that sits above ground on Hayne Blvd., on the Lakefront, was not performing up to par during the final inspection. Construction may cause traffic delays in the area, but the date for repairs has not been set. 

Tropical Storm Karen Weakening, Heading Toward Louisiana

Updated 4:05 p.m.

Weather wizards have shifted Tropical Storm Karen's track east, and she is expected to blow over Southeast Louisiana on Saturday night. But she's weakening as she moves in toward shore. Saturday morning's 24-hour forecast from the National Hurricane Center forecast projected the storm would move northeast across Plaquemines Parish before heading back out into the Gulf of Mexico toward Mississippi. At a press conference Saturday morning, Mayor Mitch and city leaders said they were not bracing for a major event.

TS Karen: Corps of Engineers Closes Barge Gate

With Tropical Storm Karen pointing toward the Gulf Coast and New Orleans under Tropical Storm Watch, the Army Corps of Engineers is starting to make preparations. At 2 p.m. Thursday, the Corps will close the barge gate at the Intracoastal Waterway, according to a news release. Closing the 150 ft.-wide gate, which is part of New Orleans' upgraded flood protection system, is the first precaution taken when a storm threat exists.

Army Corps of Engineers Closes Barge Gate as Carribean System Looms

It's not only the horses that are making preparations for the potential of a Carribean disturbance turning into a tropical system. The Army Corps of Engineers closed the barge gate at the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway this afternoon, which is the first precaution taking when there is the potential for tropical weather.

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