SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA FLOOD PROTECTION AUTHORITY – WEST GATE CLOSURE STATUS REPORT

Marrero, La. – (June 5) – The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W) continues to carefully monitor Tropical Storm Cristobal in the Gulf of Mexico.

Based on storm and wind probability projections by the National Weather Service (NWS), the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W) has begun closure of non-essential floodgates and valves.

In addition to floodgate closures, on Thursday, June 4, SLFPA-W partially activated Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and began preparing equipment in advance of Tropical Storm Cristobal.

SLFPA-W closed seven gates yesterday, June 4, and will continue to close gates throughout the system today, June 5, and tomorrow, June 6. As of Friday, June 5, the NWS expects tides four to six feet above normal as early as Saturday, June 6. Tropical storm wind effects in the Greater New Orleans Area are expected as early as noon on Sunday, June 7. SLFPA-W will continue to send gate closure text alerts to mariners throughout this event.

Gate closure status is as follows:

Gate Status

Navigable Waterway  Gates Status Notes
Harvey Canal Sector Gate Open Probable closure Sunday morning 6/7
Bayou Segnette Sector Gate Open Probable closure Sunday Morning 6/7
West Closure Complex Open Probable closure Sunday afternoon 6/7
Vehicular Gates Status Notes
LA-45 Open Will close Sunday Morning, 6/7
Bayou Segnette Boat Launch Open Will close Sunday Morning, 6/7

For location and status of floodgates please visit: http://slfpaw.org/floodgate-summary/

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About the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W)

The mission of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West is to protect the citizens and businesses of the West Bank of the greater New Orleans area in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes from hurricanes and riverine flooding by inspecting, operating and maintaining the integrity of our levees, floodwalls and floodgates. It is composed of two levee districts: the West Jefferson Levee District in Jefferson Parish and the Algiers Levee District in Orleans Parish. The Authority has jurisdiction over 80 miles of levees in the most populated areas of the West Bank of Jefferson Parish and in all of Orleans Parish on the West Bank, including 47 miles of levees that are part of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) and 33 miles of Mississippi River levees. Since 2006, all of the Authority’s levees and floodwalls have been improved for the protection of residents in south Louisiana. For more information, visit www.slfpaw.org.