U.S. Army Corps tests surge barriers, outfall canals

U.S. Army Corps tests surge barriers, outfall canals

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Hurricane season is less than two weeks away and final tests and preparations are underway to ensure flood protection around New Orleans works as designed.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is testing storm surge barriers and outfall canals in New Orleans today ahead of the 2016 hurricane season.

Surge barriers on the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, Bayou Bienvenue and Lake Borgne will be tested at 9 a.m.

The Corps will test the Interim Closure Structures on outfall canals. The tests will include pump tests at each of the structures.

The tests will happen at the London Avenue canal at 8 a.m. and the 17th Street canal at 11 a.m.

The structures help keep storm surge out of New Orleans.

The Corps is performing these hurricane preparedness exercises to make sure the canals will work as designed.

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