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Project Overview

Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project

Public safety is the Corps of Engineers’ top priority.  The Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project (SELA) reduces the risk of flood damages due to rainfall flooding in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes.  The improvements generally support the parishes’ master drainage plans and provide flood risk reduction up to a level associated with a 10-year rainfall event.  A 10-year event is basically a rain storm that has a 10% annual probability of occurrence and equates to approximately 9 inches of rain over a 24-hour period for our area.  The project includes a total of over $2 billion dollars of improvements in Jefferson and Orleans parishes. The Jefferson Avenue contracts are two of seven construction contracts that will greatly improve the drainage system in the Uptown/Carrollton area of Orleans Parish.  The Uptown/ Carrollton improvements are designed to work in concert with the existing drainage in Orleans Parish, including completed SELA construction in the adjacent Broadmoor and Hollygrove neighborhoods.

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Landscape Design Plans

Click here to view SELA Lanscape alternatives for Jefferson Avenue. 

Click here to view the slides from the SELA Jefferson Avenue Landscape meeting.

Click here to view the slides from the SELA Florida Avenue/Dwyer Road Landscape meeting.



Jefferson Ave Impacts

Jefferson Avenue Canal Construction Schedule:
• February - January 2015 - Dryades up to the St. Charles neutral ground (river-bound road closed)
• April 2014- May 2015- St. Charles to Prytania (river-bound road closed)

Jefferson Avenue (Phase I) Utility Installation Schedule:
• June –October 2014 -- S. Claiborne to Magnolia (lake-bound, odd addresses)
• October 2014 - summer 2015 - S. Claiborne to Magnolia (river-bound, even addresses)

Jefferson Avenue (Phase II) Utility Installation Schedule:
• August 2014-May 2015--Coliseum to Constance (river-bound, even addresses)
• Magazine Street crossing – river-bound and lake-bound, date pending

Prytania Street Construction:
• April 2014 – March 2015 – Utility installation and canal construction, Nashville to Joseph St.
o Full road closure, roadway to be repaved and opened upon canal completion
• July 2014 – July 2015 – Utility installation and canal construction, Jefferson thru Joseph St.
o Full road closure, roadway to be repaved and opened upon canal completion

Anticipated impacts during utility installation along Jefferson Avenue:
• One lane of traffic in each direction, lanes shifting to the neutral ground area
• No parking on Jefferson Avenue
• Temporary street crossing closures during placement of water lines in the intersection
• Temporary off street parking restrictions when work is being performed in front of driveways. Driveway access will be restricted moving from north to south as work on each phase progresses

Anticipated impacts during canal construction along Jefferson Avenue:
• Lake-bound (northbound) travel lanes open only, south bound diverted to Nashville Ave)
• No parking on Jefferson Avenue
• Temporary street crossing closures
• Off street parking restrictions south-bound side.

Anticipated impacts during utility installation and canal construction for Prytania Street:
• Full roadway closure
• No parking on Prytania Street
• Temporary street crossing closures
• Off street parking restrictions, both even and odd addresses

SELA - Orleans Parish

  • In Orleans Parish, plans involve improving 16 major drainage lines, adding pumping capacity to two pump stations and the construction of two new pump stations.
  • Of the twenty funded SELA projects in Orleans Parish, eleven projects are complete and nine projects are under construction.

Project Status:

  • SELA 20 - Florida Ave. Phases 2 & 3: Winter 2018 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 21 - Jefferson Ave. Phase 1: Winter 2017 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 22 - Jefferson Ave. Phase 2: Summer 2016 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 23 - Napoleon Ave. Phase 2: Winter 2015 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 23a - Napoleon Ave. Phase 3: Winter 2016 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 24a - Claiborne Ave. Phase 1 Spring 2016 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 24b - Claiborne Ave. Phase 2: Winter 2016 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 26 - Florida Ave. Phase 4: Winter 2018 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 27 - Louisiana Ave: Spring 2018 (estimated completion)

Click here to view a status map.

SELA - Jefferson Parish

  • In Jefferson Parish, plans include improvements to twenty four drainage canals, additional pumping capacity for four pump stations and the construction of two new pump stations.
  • Of the fifty nine funded SELA projects in Jefferson Parish, forty nine are complete and ten are under construction.

Eastbank: Project Status       

  • SELA 08a - Soniate Canal, Lester to W. Metairie: Winter 2016 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 07a - Harahan Pump to River, North Tubes: Summer 2017 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 07b - Harahan Pump to River, South Tubes: Summer 2018 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 07c - Harahan Pump to River, Discharge Structure: Spring 2017 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 9 - Harahan Pump to River, Pump Station: Fall 2017 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 09a - Harahan Pump to River, Intake Canal: Winter 2016 (estimated completion)

Click here to view Eastbank Status Map.

Westbank: Project Status       

  • SELA 14 - Industry Canal: Winter 2016 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 15 - Trapp Canal: Spring 2017 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 16 - Murphy Canal, North: Winter 2015 (estimated completion)
  • SELA 16a - Murphy Canal, South: Winter 2015 (estimated completion)

Click here to view Westbank Status Map.

SELA - St. Tammany Parish

  • Planned imporvements in St. Tammany Parish include channel enlargements, bridge replacement, pump station improvements, detention ponds, levees, T-walls and the elevation of flood-prone sturctures.

Click here to view status map.