Corps of Engineers completes flood protection project on the West Bank

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Posted on June 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 17 at 5:42 PM

Sheba Turk / Eyewitness News
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ST. CHARLES PARISH, La. — Officials celebrated the end of a project Monday they believe will make the West Bank better prepared in the event of another storm hits the area.

The protection spans several parishes, including Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Charles.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of a $3 billion project, which includes the addition of many different risk-reduction features on the Westbank.

Seventy-five miles of levees, floodwalls, and floodgates are all meant to stand up against a 100-year storm.

The completion ceremony comes days after a groundbreaking for permanent flood protection structures at the 17th street, Orleans and London avenue canals in New Orleans.

Last year, when Hurricane Isaac struck, U.S. Highway 90 was closed near the Jefferson and St. Charles parish lines because Hesco baskets and sandbags had to be used to fill openings in the floodwall.

Officials said with this new project’s completion, that closure won’t be necessary and Hwy. 90 can remain completely open during an evacuation.

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