Armoring to Begin on Lake Pontchartrain Levees

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has invited residents and businesses along Lake Pontchartrain to a public meeting to discuss an upcoming project that adds resiliency to the greater New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System lakeside levees.

At the meeting, scheduled for June 2, at Lake Vista Community Center, New Orleans, the Corps will discuss the construction process and schedule, anticipated impacts and locations for the upcoming work.

Members of the Corps armoring team will be available to answer questions during the open house portion of the meeting as well as following a short presentation.

The upcoming project consists of adding armoring to the levees. Armoring is the placement of material, natural or artificial, on earthen levees to reduce the risk of erosion as a result of overtopping that can occur with storms exceeding the 100-year design elevations.

The Corps, in partnership with Colorado State University, conducted extensive research of armoring options and evaluated results from a pilot project in St. Charles Parish to identify this approach to armoring the 100-year HSDRRS levees.

During construction, the levees will continue to provide the 100-year level of storm surge risk reduction.

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