Meeting will address Kenner flood concerns

Meeting will address Kenner flood concerns

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - Recent residential flooding will be addressed at an upcoming meeting, which will include members of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's (SLFPA-E) Operations Committee.

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will also attend the meeting, which follows flooding on Grand Lake Boulevard during heavy rains last week.

Grand Lake Boulevard runs parallel to the West Return Floodwall, which was constructed by the Corps of Engineers as a component of the greater New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System.

SLFPA-E Operations Committee Chairman Louis Wittie has requested that the Corps of Engineers appear before the committee to address last week's flooding, its relationship to the flood protection infrastructure currently in place in Kenner and the COE's intent to remediate the problem.

Since the improvements have been made, area residents have voiced concerns about flooding due to runoff from the new floodwall during periods of heavy rainfall.

The East Jefferson Levee District (EJLD) was first on the scene the following morning and supported the Corps of Engineers by providing sandbags, heavy equipment and labor to provide residents with additional temporary protection.

SLFPA-E President Steve Estopinal released a prepared statement explaining, "The protection of homes and property against flooding is the core mission of SLFPA-E. It is our responsibility to ensure that any drainage issues related to the construction of the West Return Floodwall are mitigated and an effective solution is developed with minimal impact on residents."

The SLFPA-E Operations Committee meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, June 4, at the Orleans Levee District, 6920 Franklin Avenue.

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