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Jul 11, 2013 4:38 PM

Morganza chief engineer's report completed

Washington, D.C. | The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed the Morganza to the Gulf Chief's Report. The report is a major step in achieving authorization for improvements to the existing spillway.

The last hurdle is a mandated 120 day review by the Assistant Sec. of the Army for Civil Works and the Office of Management and Budget.

"After nearly two decades, this is huge step to finally get Morganza moving forward, which will have major benefits for south Louisiana," said U.S. Sen. David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate committee that oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "Many Louisianians are under threat of flooding every hurricane season, and this project would give them much needed relief. I'll continue working with the House to take up and pass the WRDA bill we passed in the Senate."

Currently, WRDA is awaiting consideration in the House of Representatives.

WRDA provides critical flood protection for communities across the country and particularly in Louisiana. Projects like the Morganza to the Gulf and Louisiana Coastal System Ecosystem Restoration Projects will all be able to get authorization under this bill.

Morganza is a system of levees, floodgates and a lock on the Houma Navigation Canal aimed at protecting residents of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes from storm flooding. The Corps has been working on the federal project since 1992.

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