Posted: May 14, 2010 4:23 PM
Source: Associated Press
Almost five years after Hurricane Katrina flooded the area, the Army Corps of Engineers has awarded its final three hurricane protection contracts in eastern New Orleans.
The Corps says it has one remaining contract to award on New Orleans' east bank and one in St. Bernard Parish.
The three new projects all are on Lake Pontchartrain - one east of Lakefront Airport, one at the Citrus Lakefront Levee, and the third at Lincoln Beach. They add up to $42 million.
The Corps says two contracts will replace "I walls" with sturdier "T-walls." The Citrus Lakefront Levee will be raised with a two- to four-foot wall.
Col. Robert Sinkler, commander of the Corps' hurricane protection office, says private landowners gave permission to build nearly six miles of the levees and T-walls on their land.