New Orleans Permanent Canal Closures and New Pump Stations

May 19

New Orleans Permanent Canal Closures and New Pump Stations

When Hurricane Katrina occurred, it pushed water from Lake Pontchartrain into New Orleans’ three major drainage canal, putting pressure on floodwall-topped levees which failed to withstand the load of the water. The rise of lake water caused the failure in two places of I-walls along the city’s London Avenue Canal and moved by some 35 feet a floodwall on the 17th...

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The City of Slidell Repairs Flood Damaged Infrastructures

Apr 27

The City of Slidell Repairs Flood Damaged Infrastructures

The City of Slidell, located in Southeastern Louisiana just north of New Orleans, is making progress on repairs to their sewer infrastructure. The Schneider Canal drainage basin infrastructure project will rehabilitate streets, sidewalks, sewer lines and the storm drain system throughout the basin. FEMA has funded the entire project. The city sustained damages from...

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A New Orleans Neighborhood: Bewildered by Sewer Setback

Apr 12

A New Orleans Neighborhood: Bewildered by Sewer Setback

Residents of New Orleans living in the neighborhood of Prytania St. have been no stranger to unceasing construction.  A project that is part of the Southeast Louisiana drainage initiative has been far more extensive than originally planned. To be specific, two years more extensive.  Concerned residents have conducted a meeting with a spokesperson from the New...

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Ascension Parish and the Coastal Flood Advisory

Mar 11

Ascension Parish and the Coastal Flood Advisory

Areas of Louisiana have been experiencing torrential rain and coastal flooding.  More than 20 inches of rain fell in the hardest-hit places. Major flooding caused a state of emergency for the entire state and sent the National Guard to help with water rescues. Schools were closed in Ascension Parish and pumps were up and running in an effort to keep the water from...

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The Napoleon Canal Work Advisory

Feb 12

The Napoleon Canal Work Advisory

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are building new canals as part of the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project (SELA). The entire project, estimated to take two years to complete, will run from Fontainebleau Drive to South Claiborne Avenue, with traffic patterns being periodically altered as the work progresses...

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Mississippi River’s Saltwater Wedge

Jan 15

Mississippi River’s Saltwater Wedge

Estuaries are places where rivers meet the sea and may be defined as areas where saltwater is measurably diluted with fresh water. On average, estuaries are biologically more productive than either the adjacent river or the sea because they have a special kind of water circulation that traps plant nutrients and stimulates primary production. The type of estuary is...

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New Orleans Storm Water Demo for Students

Dec 22

New Orleans Storm Water Demo for Students

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans offers a storm water demonstration called Enviroscape.  This is an educational tool for students to gain awareness about the local environmental issues and how storm water can affect the community.  The demonstrations are free of charge and include a presentation for approximately 30 minutes for a group size of 15...

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