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Corps Closes More Floodgates as Hurricane Isaac Approaches

The Army Corps of Engineers closed more of the new flood control system as Hurricane Isaac made its final approach to the Louisiana coast on Tuesday afternoon.  In addition to the "Great Wall" at the confluence of Lake Borgne, the Intracoastal Waterway and MR-GO, as well as Lakeshore Drive and the Orleans Avenue Outfall Canal, the Corps also closed gates at the Seabrook Floodgate Complex around 1:30 p.m. The gate is located just south of the Lakefront Airport in eastern New Orleans.


The Seabrook gate complex works with the "Great Wall" and the huge Lake Borgne barrier to keep storm surge from affecting eastern New Orleans, the Lower 9th Ward and St. Bernard Parish. The London Avenue and 17th Street Outfall Canals were also closed were also closed around 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. Once the gate is closed, the Corps can begin pumping water into Lake Pontchartrain. Floodgates on Highway 11 and Highway 90 were also closed by the Orleans Levee District.

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