Corps tests hurricane protection system for New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - With hurricane season approaching, the Army Corps of Engineers is running through its plans and testing pumps and floodgates built around New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina struck 10 years ago to better protect this low-lying metropolis from flooding.
Corps officials said they found a few minor problems during testing Wednesday and were fixing them. Otherwise, officials said the system is ready and in better shape than ever before.
Hurricane season starts on June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30.
On Wednesday crews operated three complex pumping stations and floodgates built at the mouths of major drainage canals. The structures were erected after Katrina to keep storm surge from entering the canals and potentially causing breaches. Floodwall failures along two of the canals caused the majority of city flooding during Katrina.