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Perilous Place, Powerful StormsHurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana$
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Craig E. Colten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732382

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732382.001.0001

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Protecting the Delta, the West Bank, and the Coast

Protecting the Delta, the West Bank, and the Coast

(p.85) Protecting the Delta, the West Bank, and the Coast
Perilous Place, Powerful Storms

Craig E. Colten

University Press of Mississippi

The communities along the narrow band of natural levee that follows the lower Mississippi River are the most vulnerable and most frequently impacted by storms. For that exposed location, Corps engineers built “back levees” that would loop around the slightly higher ground and connect to the existing Mississippi River levees. On the West Bank of the river across from New Orleans, storm surge was a major concern. At the southernmost extent of Jefferson Parish, the resort community of Grand Isle was virtually impossible to protect with levees; Corps planners sought to minimize destruction to the residences on this eroding barrier island by other means. This chapter examines the four components that addressed these distinct locations, and shows the variations in local cooperation and timely progress in completing these components of the regional plan.

Keywords:   hurricane protection system, New Orleans, levees, barriers, storm protection, Mississippi River, West Bank, Jefferson Parish, Grand Isle

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