Crucial hurricane protection gets put to the test

Crucial hurricane protection gets put to the test

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - With hurricane season less than two weeks away, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to be sure everything works.

The corps tested the interim control structures at the 17th street canal along with the London Avenue and Orleans Avenue outfall canals Wednesday.

Crews fired up the pumps sending gallons of water and mud gushing out.

They also closed the gates that prevent storm surge from filling up the canals.

Meanwhile, work continues on the permanent structures that should be complete by the peak of hurricane season in 2017.

Those tests not only ensure the equipment works but also serves as practice for the many people who operate the system during a storm.

"One of the things we do as hurricane season approaches is we want to make sure that we coordinate our plans with our local partners, in this case Sewerage and Water Board and get out and operate the pumps," says Ricky Boyett. "That way during a storm, we're ready and we know the pumps will operate as designed."

Army Corps officials hope the tests also serve as a reminder to everyone, get ready for hurricane season before a storm threatens the area.

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