- Title: USA: New Orleans reinforces levee system in preparation of Tropical Storm Isaac.
- Date: 28th August 2012
- Summary: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 27, 2012) (REUTERS) VIEW OF LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN WITH OLD BREAKWATER DAMAGED WATER SPILLING OVER DAMAGED LEVEE3. BULLDOZER DUMPING SAND TO ON NEW LEVEE SIGN READING 'ORLEANS LEVEE DISTRICT' U.S. ARMY CORE OF ENGINEERS REINFORCING LEVEE VARIOUS OF BULLDOZERS WORKING BULLDOZER DUMPING SAND WIDE OF LEVEE WAVES WASHING UP LEVEE
- Embargoed: 12th September 2012 13:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Disasters,Weather
- Reuters ID: LVA6E77PTDWEFQOFFJHXR5D4PTQ6
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- Story Text: Emergency workers reinforce New Orleans Levee system ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac which the U.S. National Hurricane Center forecasts to become a category 2 hurricane.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, armed with dozens of heavy duty bulldozers, were busy Monday (August 27) piling tons of sand to reinforce the New Orleans levee system as Tropical Storm Isaac, which the U.S. National Hurricane Service now expects to be a category two, lurks off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico.
The emergency workers hope the levees, a series of massive walls which surround low lying areas of New Orleans, will stop life threatening flooding, or storm surge, from Isaac. The storm surge is expected to total up to 12 feet (3.65 meters) in some areas.
The large, slow-moving storm swiped south Florida on Sunday before moving into warm Gulf waters. It was expected to become a hurricane by Tuesday and could reach land Tuesday night or early Wednesday, the anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.
Isaac could potentially take direct aim at New Orleans, which is still struggling to fully recover from Katrina which swept across the city on August 29, 2005, killing more than 1,800 people and causing billions of dollars of damage along the coast.
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