A problem at the London Avenue Canal pump station

File photo April 2019. People are 24 feet below sea level at London Ave Canal pump station.  Photo/Sandy Rosenthal

We learned at the board meeting of the Levee Authority East that there’s a problem with the pump station at the London Avenue Canal.

Normally, the pump station––built after the levees broke in 2005––can pump about 9000 cubic feet of water per second (cfs).

We’ve learned that currently, two weeks prior to hurricane season, that the pumping capacity is reduced to 7200 cfs.

This is because the bearing at the bottom of one of the larger pumps was found to be overheating when operating.

This problem was discovered by the Orleans levee district when they performed their routine maintenance as directed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps is the entity that designed and built the pumps. To best of our knowledge, in response to this issue, the Corps is working to figure out what to do next.

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Levees.org Rolls Out New Self-Guided Levee Breach Bike Tour

We’re rolling new maps for our Self-Guided Levee Breach Disaster Bike Tour.

There’s an interactive detailed Google Map!

Click on the icons, and see a detailed story about each site.

And there’s also a downloadable printable PDF map!

The self-guided tour allows anyone, at any time, an opportunity to view two major breach sites and the adjacent neighborhoods nearly destroyed by the worst civil engineering disaster in US history. The tour follows marked bike routes.

The two-mile tour starts at the corner of Mirabeau Blvd and Warrington Drive at a Louisiana State historic plaque and proceeds to the:

* Flooded House Museum (4918 Warrington Dr)
* Breach site of the London Avenue Canal and
* Levee Exhibit Hall & Garden (5000 Warrington Dr)

Next is several points of interest and a second breach site on the west side of the canal. The final stop is a view of a permanent pump station built by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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How the Titanic disaster is similar to the Levee Breach catastrophe

Der Untergang der Titanic

April 15 is the 110th anniversary of the Titanic disaster.

Fifteen hundred plus souls were lost on that day due primarily to human arrogance.

The captain was attempting to complete the maiden journey in record time, despite reports of icebergs. And there were too few lifeboats.

One hundred and ten years later, we still talk about the disaster that changed maritime laws as we know them. No longer are ships allowed to turn off their radios. No longer are ships required to provide lifeboats only for the wealthy. No longer does breaking speed records matter more than lives.

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