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Corps wants to raise New Orlean's levees to 18 feet; St. Charles may get 100-year protection

Posted By Kaveh in Planning and Management

The levee protecting the east bank of St. Charles Parish from a hurricane storm surge should be raised from an average height of 13 feet to as high as 18 feet to protect the parish from a so-called 100-year hurricane, according to the Army Corps of Engineers' preferred plan.

The levee, which includes nine miles of earthen levee and 3,000 feet of floodwall, is currently authorized to be built a -

New Orleans officials say storm-protection system falls behind schedule

Posted By Waterlover in Planning and Management

Despite new flood walls and re-strengthened levees, some of the areas most devastated by Hurricane Katrina remain perilously exposed to a repeat of the 2005 disaster, according to city leaders and hurricane experts. Congress directed the corps to repair the damage done by Katrina and build a new protection system of flood walls, armored levees, floodgates and barriers to withstand a 100-year stor -

Watch: Army Corps Shows Off Upgraded Hurricane Protection

Posted By macy in Planning and Management

Corps Said Area Has Never Been Safer.

The Army Corps of Engineers showed off miles of levee improvements Tuesday on the east and west banks for the Mississippi river.

The Corps said it spent $7.1 billion in five parishes to help make the area safer in case a hurricane hits.

“You can't out-engineer Mother Nature,” Army Corps of Engineers Col. Jeffery Bedey said. But the Corps said its giv -

Scientists Think Like a Hurricane to Beat the Next Katrina

Posted By Ryan13 in Planning and Management

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in late August 2005 and the levees around the city broke, flooding the city and killing hundreds, Ed Link was as surprised as everyone else.

He shouldn't have been. As one of the nation's foremost hurricane experts, Link, a professor at the University of Maryland, had access to the government's most sophisticated mathematical models for predicting dama -

Global Warming Equals Stronger Hurricanes

Posted By macy in Miscellaneous

Climate change experts studying hurricanes documented a 35-year warming trend in ocean surface temperature and linked it to larger hurricanes. The increase has been 1 degree Fahrenheit, resulting in four percent more atmospheric water vapor and six to eight percent more rainfall. Though global warming does not guarantee that each year will see record-strength hurricanes, the long-term ocean warmi -

Expect More Droughts, Heavy Downpours, Excessive Heat, And Intense Hurricanes Due To Global Warming, NOAA

Posted By aqua in Hydrology

The U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research has released a scientific assessment that provides the first comprehensive analysis of observed and projected changes in weather and climate extremes in North America and U.S. territories. Among the major findings reported in this assessment are that droughts, heavy downpours, excessive heat, and intense hurric -

3 Worst Natural Disasters In Recent Years

Posted By britneyg in Miscellaneous

While it's no denying that we, as inhabitants of earth contribute to the planet's slow-coming death, nature can be terrifying on its own as well. In recent years, parts of the world has suffered because of events that are completely out of our hands. Here are the three that struck the hardest in recent times. -

As hurricane protection goes, so goes New Orleans' future

Posted By Waterlover in Planning and Management

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is putting large sums of money and significant effort into helping to reduce the risk that a future storm of Katrina's magnitude will inundate New Orleans.

All told, the Corps of Engineers here are working to fix and/or replace 220 miles of levees and floodwalls; build new flood gates and pump stations at the mouths of three outfall canals; and strengthen existing -