The cost to hold back high water in Devils Lake came in lower than expected.
City Engineer Mike Grafsgaard said the low bid out of two submitted was $21.2 million, compared to the corps of engineers estimate of $25.4 million.
A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers says the agency hopes within the next couple months to determine the lake elevation that will trigger work to extend the levee protecting the city of Devils Lake.
Despite more than $22 million in repairs, a levee that broke with catastrophic effect during Hurricane Katrina is leaking again because of the mushy ground on which New Orleans was built, raising serious questions about the reliability of the city’s flood defenses.
Outside engineering experts who have studied the project told The Associated Press that the type of seepage spotted at the 17th Street Canal in the Lakeview neighborhood afflicts other New Orleans levees, too, and could cause some of them to collapse during a storm.
Cain Burdeau, The Associated Press
, May 22, 2008
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