Army Corps of Engineers Updates Donelon, Insurers on South
LA Hurricane Protection System
Released: April 16, 2008
Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon hosted a meeting
today of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Governor’s
Office of Coastal Activities to update insurance company representatives
to the Hurricane Protection System in the Greater New Orleans area.
Karen Durham-Aguilera is the Director of the Corps’ Task
Force Hope, the agency responsible for the restoration of the Hurricane
System in five parishes in the Greater New Orleans area. This system
includes 350 miles of levees, floodwalls and floodgates. Durham-Aguilera
says the Corps is on track to complete levee reconstruction and rebuilding
to 100-year flood protection levels by 2011, intended to protect the
area against a Category 5 hurricane.
The Corps presentation noted that $3 billion in federal
funds has been spent since 2005’s Hurricane Katrina on system improvements.
The overall program will cost an estimated $14.6 billion. All levee
damage has been repaired, all deficiencies corrected, transitions strengthened
and vulnerable floodwalls have been armored for a Hurricane Protection
System that is much stronger and better than before Hurricane Katrina,
according to Garrett Graves, Director of the Governor’s Office
of Coastal Activities.
Commissioner Donelon added that the Greater New Orleans area is better
protected today for any type of flooding event. The Corps presentation
indicated that new pumps are in place to route floodwaters out of the
area and new pumping stations able to withstand winds of more than
230 miles per hour are under construction. These pumping stations will
include a safe house platform to accommodate personnel during a storm
to ensure that the pumps remain operational during hurricane events.
Today’s meeting for insurance company representatives
is the second such meeting hosted by Commissioner Donelon. A similar
update was presented in December 2006.