Dutch storm surge expertise helps Louisiana, Texas, New York and New Jersey | Ajot - July 2019 |
The $165 million Seabrook Floodgate Complex, completed in 2012, protects New Orleans by reducing storm surge entering from Lake Pontchartrain.
Upgrades to storm surge barriers and pumps completed in 2011 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have made New Orleans more resilient to storms and hurricanes, according to Piet Dircke, a water management consultant for the Dutch firm Arcadis.
Arcadis was a consultant to the Corps in Louisiana and also advises officials in Texas, New York and New Jersey.
In July, the storm surge defenses kept New Orleans safe when Hurricane Barry drenched New Orleans and Louisiana with heavy rains and high winds.