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SELA Hollygrove Project
Hollygrove Drainage Improvement Project
The projects consist of construction of various canals and a new pumping station for your area.

As you know, New Orleans is a bowl, and because we are well below sea level, devastating flooding problems can develop. Many of you recall the hundreds of millions of dollars in flood damages in past years....

For example, the May 8th flood, with an estimated three hundred sixty million ($360) dollars in damages.

And more recently the heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Frances that caught us all by surprise, in September of 1998, with untold damages that are possibly in the tens of millions of dollars. And of course we can't forget the tragic loss of life.
The Hollygrove project falls under the Southeast Louisiana Drainage Program.

The purpose of the Southeast Louisiana Program is to reduce flood damages in the City of New Orleans and surrounding parishes. This will be accomplished by constructing new pump stations and better drainage canals throughout our city.

The United States Congress authorized the SELA Program in 1996. And it is administered under a project cooperation agreement between the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
Phase 1 Project Overview
The Southeast Louisiana Drainage Program is comprised of three phases. Hollygrove's work is in the first phase, along with other uptown construction.
Phase 1 Projects
  • Hollygrove Pump Station & Canals
  • Pump Station No. 1 Upgrade
  • Napoleon Canal
  • S. Claiborne Maniforld Canal (Nashville to Louisiana)
  • Dwyer Road Pump Station & Canals
Including the expansion of Pumping Station Number One in Broadmoor, new canals beneath Napoleon Avenue, new canals beneath South Claiborne and a new pumping station and canal in the Dwyer Road area.

The cost for all these projects citywide is over $160 million.

75% of which is federally funded. However, the S&WB must pay 25% or $40 million.

The animation in yellow on this slide is information from FEMA Showing the areas with a history of repetitive flooding. The arrow points to the yellow dots representing our community.