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New Orleans’ drainage rebuild will continue through 2018

May 11, 2015

You’re tired of traffic detours around furrows on city streets but probably understand the need for new drainage canals. Work on the Southeast Louisiana Drainage Project or SELA, which dates back a decade, will continue for more than three years in some parts of town. New canals being built in Orleans and Jefferson parishes are intended to reduce rain-induced flooding. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is picking up most of what could be a more than $1 billion tab, with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish paying the rest.