US Army Corps of Engineers
New Orleans District

Pump Station Repairs and Stormproofing Overview

Pumping plays a critical role in preventing flooding from any significant rainfall event. According to the IPET Report, pumping stations were - for the most part - not operating during Katrina due to prior evacuation of operators, loss of power, or loss of clean cooling water for the pumps. The pump stations in New Orleans were not designed to operate during major storms. Had the pumps been able to operate, the extent of flooding may not have been impacted greatly, but the duration of flooding could have been significantly reduced.

While most pump stations in the area are operated by parish governments, post-Katrina federal legislation requires the Corps not only to repair the stations damaged by Katrina but also to ensure that they are outfitted to remain operable during and after future storm events. Repaired components include flooring and sub-flooring, siding, roofing, trim, water heaters, fences and gates, windows, electrical wiring, light fixtures, plumbing, ceilings, sidewalks, and roadways. Stormproofing includes improvements such as equipping pump stations with backup power (such as generators) and fuel sources as well as raising critical electronic equipment to a height sufficient to avoid submersion.

 

Bayou Segnette Safe-House Nearby safe rooms are being strengthened to withstand hurricane force winds up to 250 MPH, wind-driven water, and loss of power. Stormproofing pump stations will ensure that pumps remain operable and that station operators can safely stay on the job during a storm event. The Corps worked closely with local governments to ensure that all repair and maintenance issues were considered during the repair and stormproofing processes.

View a short video about pump stations and stormproofing here (No Audio).
Bayou Segnette Pumping Station Safe Room, West Bank