Marrero, La. – (August 28, 2021) – The following is a statement on expected storm surge on the West Bank from Hurricane Ida and may be attributed to Nicholas Cali, Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) Region Director:
“SLFPA-W operates and plans for these potential scenarios all year. Our levee system was designed to handle these types of events and has just recently been lifted and armored. Though the storm surge may be 14 to 15 feet at the coast, further inland at our levees those surges may be less. Even with the potential for overtopping at some levees, we are confident in the system’s abilities to weather Ida as intended for such an intense storm.”
The status of floodgates are updated in near real time on our website https://slfpaw.org/floodgate-status/.
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About the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W)
The mission of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West is to protect the citizens and businesses of the West Bank of the greater New Orleans area in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes from hurricanes and riverine flooding by inspecting, operating and maintaining the integrity of our levees, floodwalls and floodgates. It is composed of two levee districts: the West Jefferson Levee District in Jefferson Parish and the Algiers Levee District in Orleans Parish. The Authority has jurisdiction over 80 miles of levees in the most populated areas of the West Bank of Jefferson Parish and in all of Orleans Parish on the West Bank, including 47 miles of levees that are part of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) and 33 miles of Mississippi River levees. Since 2006, all of the Authority’s levees and floodwalls have been improved for the protection of residents in south Louisiana.