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Wed Jul 10, 2019, 09:52 PM

New Orleans' Achilles Heel: A Hurricane Storm Surge During a Mississippi River Flood?

https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/New-Orleans-Achilles-Heel-Hurricane-Storm-Surge-During-Mississippi-River-Flood?cm_ven=cat6-widget
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Developing Potential Tropical Cyclone 2 (PTC 2) in the Gulf of Mexico is predicted to bring a storm surge of 3 - 6 feet to Southeast Louisiana, which New Orleans’ improved levee system would ordinarily be able to handle with ease. However, these are not ordinary times. The Mississippi River is near flood stage, with the waters of the river lapping just four feet below the lowest point in the levee system protecting the city. If PTC 2 intensifies into Hurricane Barry as forecast, the storm surge from Barry has the potential to move up the Mississippi River and come close to overtopping the lowest points in New Orleans’ levee system. If Barry grows stronger than forecast and takes a track closer to New Orleans than currently forecast, the potential for serious storm surge flooding of New Orleans exists.

In the wake of the unthinkable devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, Congress approved a $14.5 billion upgrade to the city's flood defenses—the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS), a 139-mile system of levees, walls and gates designed to protect against a 1-in-100-year storm surge, equivalent to what a Category 3 hurricane would bring.

The new flood defense system already has undergone a stern test, thanks to Hurricane Isaac of 2012. Isaac was a large, slow-moving Category 1 storm with 80 mph winds that brought a storm surge characteristic of a Category 2 storm—ten feet—to New Orleans. The new flood defenses performed admirably, giving confidence that the city's new flood defenses can indeed withstand the fifteen-foot storm surge that a 1-in-100 year Category 3 hurricane might bring.

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Be prepared although I don't think Barry will be stronger than forecast

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 10:09 PM

1. Proud New Orleanian here.... and here to tell you

that if you haven't been you're missing out on America's most unique and fun city.

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Wed Jul 10, 2019, 10:44 PM

2. Ninteen foot Wall of water headed for

New Orleans by noon Friday.

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