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
The Hollygrove project falls under the Southeast Louisiana
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
Phase 1 Projects
Hollygrove Pump Station & Canals
Pump Station No. 1 Upgrade
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.