Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W) Updates on Tropical Storm Barry for Friday, July 12

MARRERO, La. Jul 12, 2019 – The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West announces the following updates for July 12:

Gate Status

· West Closure Complex is OPEN, Closure trigger +4.0’, currently 0.6’

· Bayou Segnette is OPEN, Closure trigger +2.0’, currently 0.8’

· Harvey Canal Sector gate is OPEN, Closure Trigger +2.0, currently 0.6

· LA-45 gate at Barataria is OPEN and will remain open

· All land based floodgates and valves are CLOSED.

· For location and status of floodgates please visit our website at: http://slfpaw.org/floodgate-summary/

Mississippi River Elevation

· The uptick in elevation of the Mississippi River has been reduced to 3 feet.

Operations

· Daily inspections continue to ensure that there are no issues on the perimeter of the hurricane protection system.

· The Corps of Engineers has begun welding plates on top of the Harvey Sector Gate to increase the elevation at the gate itself.

· Emergency Operations Center will be remain open throughout the weekend.

· Coordination calls are ongoing with NWS, USACE, USCG, GOHSEP, CPRA and JP officials

· Operators are prepared to operate the pumps at West Closure Complex, Bayou Segnette and Harvey Sector Gate and will send text messages to fishermen and industry for potential closures.

For more information please visit our website at www.slfpaw.org or follow us on Facebook or twitter.

ABOUT 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

CONTACTS: Tiffany Hawken The Ehrhardt Group (504) 655-2066 thawken@tegpr.com Hope Becnel The Ehrhardt Group (504) 352-4346 hbecnel@tegpr.com

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. For more information, visit www.slfpaw.org.

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