Army Corps flood wall project flooded during Barry

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PLAQUEMINES PARISH, La. — (WDSU)

As residents of Plaquemines Parish deal with the remnants of Barry, water was still standing on Highway 23 Monday morning, forcing traffic to be rerouted until the water is drained.

Ironically, the high water impacted an Army Corps of Engineers flood control project that was underway.

The project will go a long way toward solving the flooding problem in the future.

This time next year, the Corps will have a new flood wall and pumps in place to move floodwaters out.

“We have this project at West Pointe a la Hache that is going to have flood walls, levees, armoring. We’re going to tear down the old pump station and build a new pump station. All this work should be done next year sometime,” said Rene Poche, with the Corps of Engineers.

The Corps wasted no time moving pumps and equipment in place to move the water off the flood wall project.

Barry’s impacts did slow things down, but work will resume as soon as the water recedes.

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