The United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Homeland Security along with the Department of Justice hosted a group of dignitaries from Singapore.
The Ministry of Home Affairs in Singapore visited New Orleans Sept. 21-23, and took a tour of the West Closure Complex (WCC) on Sept. 21. The WCC is at the confluence of the Algiers and Harvey Canals and between Jefferson and Plaquemines Parish.
The WCC contains the largest pump station in the world at 19,140 cfs capacity and the largest sector gate in North America with an opening of 225 feet.
The facility is operated during hurricanes and keeps storm surge out of three parishes on the West Bank; Jefferson, Orleans and Plaquemines. The floodgate and pump station work together to reduce the risk associated with a storm surge event that has a one percent chance of occurring in any given year or a 100-year storm surge. The WCC is operated by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West through an Inter-Governmental Agreement with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), West Jefferson Levee District, Algiers Levee District and Plaquemines Parish Government.