SELA project intended to reduce risk of flood damages.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has awarded a contract to improve interior drainage for Trapp Canal on the west bank of Jefferson Parish, New Orleans. The project, which is part of the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project (SELA), is meant to reduce the risk of damages from a rainfall event that has a chance of occurring once in every ten years, according to the USACE.
The USACE has awarded a $14.7 million contract to Louisiana-based Hamp's Construction LLC. The approximately 40-month contract calls for widening and improving approximately 7,400 linear feet of the existing Trapp Canal. The contract is located between Bayou Fatima and Bayou Barataria and partially runs through a golf course. The USACE expects construction to be completed in spring 2016.
Portions of the work to improve major drainage canals and pumps stations on both the east and west banks of Jefferson Parish have been completed. A total of 66 SELA contracts have been awarded to date, with work completed on 54 of those projects. All scheduled SELA work in Jefferson Parish is expected to be finished in 2017.