Our levees and pumps aren’t enough to keep New Orleans dry

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In a recent article on nola.com we were warned to be prepared for more flooding this hurricane season.

“The region’s levee system is rated ‘minimally acceptable’ and at ‘high risk’ in two reviews by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — even with the 350 miles of levees, floodwalls, storm surge gates and pumps the corps built post-Katrina to help shield the New Orleans area. That integrated flood protection system cost federal, state and local governments $20 billion to create.”

And not only the levees are a concern, the Sewerage & Water Board drainage system also has a hard time pumping away the water after heavy rains. Improvements are planned but for the coming storm season we’ll have to be prepared for at least some kind of flooding.

Some things that you can do yourself:

  • Clean your gutters and downspouts.
  • Clear debris from catch basins.
  • Report clogged catch basins to 311.
  • Check your flood risk: FEMA Flood Map
  • Insure your property.

More information on how to prepare for hurricanes & tropical weather:

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