Lake Borgne Basin Levee District Conducts Pre-Hurricane Season Highway 46 Floodgates Exercise

VERRET, LA – The Lake Borgne Basin Levee District (LBBLD) successfully conducted the annual pre-hurricane season exercise for the floodgates on Highway 46 in Verret, St. Bernard Parish, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

         The purpose of the exercise is to test the structures to ensure proper function and to conduct timely maintenance, prior to the beginning of hurricane season on June 1. The floodgates on Highway 39 near the Caernarvon Canal will also be exercised prior to hurricane season.

         To learn more about flood control operations, Levee District personnel were joined by St. Bernard Parish officials including representatives from the Sheriff's Department, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and the Fire Department.

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         LBBLD Executive Director Nick Cali said, "Today's successful floodgate exercise is just one of the many steps the Levee District takes in preparation for the start of hurricane season. We are working closely with St. Bernard Parish government as well as the Regional Flood Authority, SLFPA-E, to ensure the flood protection system is functioning properly as we approach the June 1 season start date."

         Each gate is 35' wide, 18' tall and weighs approximately 100 tons. The gates are a component of the larger, 23-mile levee/floodwall and floodgate system that was constructed after hurricane Katrina to provide 100-year protection to St. Bernard Parish.

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LBBLD Exec. Dir. Nick Cali instructs Levee District personnel on proper gate closure procedures and safety measures

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