The Corps of Engineers is looking for ways to protect New Orleans outflow canals from storm surge as well as maintaining a way for rain water to flow out into Lake Ponchartrain. Currently the Corps is in the process of building temporary sluice gates to prevent strom surge out of the canals.
The problem is that when the gates are closed during a storm, rain water has no way to escape.
Are these people blind? They need to take a ride a few miles west along the shore to the canals in Jefferson Parish. Unlike Orleans, Jefferson Parish's canals are not open to the lake, rather, they are dammed at the lake with a large pump station atop the levee like the one pictured above.when the gates are closed against surge â€” and especially during a rainy, slow-moving storm â€” there could be interior flooding because pumping capacity will be greatly diminished.
Although Pump Station 6 can move water at the rate of about 10,000 cubic feet per second, the gates will be equipped with only one-tenth of that pumping capacity by June 1. Later in the season, the corps hopes to have tripled that number with the addition of more temporary pumps.
The main defference between the proposed Orleans canals and the Jefferson canals is that Orleans canals will be open to the lake except when storms approach. I can't understand why pumps wit the same cummulative capacty of the pumps that divert water the canals cannot be placed atop the levee to move water into the lake.
Keep in mind, there were no levee breaks in Jefferson Parish. Flooding only occured because;
- Flood waters from the 17th Street Canal spilled over into parts of Old Metairie.
- Parish President evacuated pump operators to Washington Parish forcing the shutdown of the pumps.