New Levees and Flood Gates Could Fail in 5 Years

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Monday, April 15, 2019

There are concerns on how the new levees and flood gates built after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans may hold up in just five years according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The mammoth project to build levees, flood walls, gates and pumps to protects New Orleans from another hurricane, finally finished up last year at a cost of $14 billion USD.

While the threat of flooding is still very much a concern, the Corps are conducting a study to determine if the system would even be worth shoring up.

Within five years, all the new safeguards in place could fail is a storm, similar to Katrina were to hit New Orleans.

Climate change is one of the driving factors that will cause the system to fail.

In 2005, storm surge from Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic failure of the federally designed and built levees, flooding 80% of the city. A report by the American Society of Civil Engineers says that "had the levees and floodwalls not failed and had the pump stations operated, nearly two-thirds of the deaths would not have occurred".

The Team

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