Lakeview residents concerned about seepage at 17th Street Canal

Lakeview residents concerned about seepage at 17th Street Canal

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Some Lakeview residents are worried about seepage at the 17th Street Canal.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority will meet to discuss seepage in Lakeview Thursday morning.

Area residents are concerned about a large empty lot in the 6700 to 6900 blocks of Bellaire Drive.

According to our partners | The Times-Picayune, an Army Corps of Engineers spokesman announced last month that the lot would be covered with a clay cap that they hope will halt the leaking water.

The lot is where a segment of the wall slid out 35 feet from the Canal in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina shoved storm surge into the canal. That small area of floodwall along the New Orleans side of the canal was replaced.

The Corps and officials with the Flood Protection Authority East are still concerned about the ability of the remaining walls to withstand elevated water levels in the canal.

The Flood Protection Authority has been taking a wait-and-see attitude on proposed repairs at this lot.

The authority's chief administrative officer said last month the seepage will not undermine the stability of the 17th Street Canal floodwall at this time.

They said they would hold The Corps accountable for long-term monitoring of the seepage, and expects them to quickly work to fix the problem.

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