Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sisyphus builds a levee

Sinking sections of eastern New Orleans hurricane levee prompt $1.3 million repair

The corps expected this area to settle significantly in a relatively short amount of time, and Gilmore said and "surveys of the reach (will) be taken annually for the first few years." The repair will raise the levee for at least five  to 10 years, he said. After that, he said, "a lift may be required to maintain the 100-year elevation."  The levee was actually "overbuilt," raised to between 18 1/2 and 19 feet, or 1 1/2 to 2 feet above the 100-year level, and is being raised to that level again.

And we're just getting into the fun part of the season.

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