Restart: City, Sewerage & Water Board get back to work on projects near levees

High river level kept important work from getting done

Thomas Perumean
August 19, 2019 - 6:35 am

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Now that the Mississippi River is safely below flood stage again, projects that were stalled because of the water level crisis can get underway, again.  

The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate reports the Army Corps of Engineers put a moratorium on digging and construction of projects like pools, pipelines, and canals within 15-hundred feet of a levee.  

For New Orleans this means renovations at Spanish Plaza that were put on hold can now get underway.  Work on the plaza, located next to the river, will include new paving, lighting, and a fountain will get started in 30 days.  

The ability to dig also means the much anticipated Bourbon Street sewer and drainage rebuilding, which is approximately 70% complete can now be finished.  The Sewerage & Water Board said they have a backlog of fixes needed to be addressed.

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