Permanent Pump Stations On New Orleans Canals Halfway Done

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The permanent pump stations and storm surge gates at the ends of three New Orleans canals are halfway complete.

         Lt. Col. Austin Appleton, deputy commander of the Army Corps of Engineers' New Orleans District office, said Monday that the $644 million project is on track to be complete before the June 1 start of the 2017 hurricane season.

         Multiple media outlets report the project is meant to protect the city from storm surges and prevent the 17th Street, Orleans Avenue and London Avenue canals from experiencing floodwall failures during a hurricane.

         The pump stations are replacing the temporary pumps installed after Hurricane Katrina to empty the canals during a storm.

         The project is the last major endeavor in the $14.5 billion post-Katrina upgrades to the region's flood protection system.



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