The chief of engineers has approved a $680 million hurricane and environmental protection project in Southeast Louisiana. Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers approved the project on Friday August 23 and the announcement was made at the Mississippi River Commission meeting in Houma Louisiana.
General Flowers’ recommendation to the secretary of the Army will allow submission of the report to Congress for authorization to construction 72 miles of levees and the Houma Navigation Canal lock.
This project will provide vital protection to the people of this area from tidal and hurricane events” said Col. Peter J. Rowan New Orleans district engineer. “Subsidence and saltwater intrusion have made the need for protection increasingly important” he said.