Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District: Hurricane Isaac Update

Published Aug. 31, 2012


Wrap-Up for Friday, August 31, 2012


NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District continues to work with state and federal partners to ensure a coordinated federal response to Hurricane Isaac.

Key structure openings:

As water levels slowly subside, the Corps will continue to operate and open major structures of the Greater New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS). Major structures will continue to be opened until all required openings are complete.

The following structures are now open:

Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier



Harvey Canal Sector Gate



Highway 23



Highway 90



Damage assessment teams:

Public safety is our number one priority as we respond to Hurricane Isaac and prepare the levee system for the next tropical event. Damage assessment teams began inspecting damage to the federal levee system today. Once inspections are completed and analyzed, we will take immediate action on any items that create vulnerabilities within the system.


The USCG has rescinded the enforcement of the Hurricane Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) today at 10:00 a.m., local time. The RNA included the Harvey Canal from the Lapalco Bridge South to the confluence of the Harvey and Algiers Canals, the Algiers Canal from the Algiers Lock South to the confluence of the Harvey and Algiers Canal, the Inner Harbor Navigational Channel (IHNC), South from the Seabrook Flood Gate to the IHNC Lock, and from the IHNC West through the GIWW to MM 20. All vessels are now allowed to transit the RNA.

Bonnet Carre Spillway:

All recreational areas of the Bonnet Carre Spillway remain closed to public access until Tues., September 4th.


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