Corps completes $3 billion flood system

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers says it has completed all permanent structures in a $3 billion system of levees and floodwalls around the west Bank of New Orleans and Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes.

Ceremonies are planned Monday to mark completion of the West Bank and Vicinity project.

The 75-mile line of levees, floodwalls, gates and drainage pumps is designed to reduce flood risk between New Orleans' Algiers neighborhood and Ama and on the west Bank of the Mississippi River.

The system is expected to protect the region from surge associated with a so-called 100-year storm, one with a 1 percent chance of occurring in any given storm season.

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