Preparing for Tropical Storm Gordon

The Flood Protection Authority – East (FPA) continues to prepare for Tropical Storm

As of noon today, the FPA has closed 21 floodgates, 9 valve gates and the concrete
barge gate on the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier. These gates are all in Orleans and St.
Bernard Parishes, primarily along the Industrial Canal and susceptible to high-tide
conditions if not closed. The FPA will continue to close key Industrial Canal
floodgates the rest of today, 3 September.

The Bayou Bienvenue and Bayou Dupree floodgates are closed and we plan to keep
them closed throughout the duration of this tropical event. The Caernarvon Sector
Gate is scheduled to remain open until Tuesday morning, when we will likely close it
due to rising tides. Boaters are encouraged to consider Caernarvon for safe harbor
until that point.

Drainage pump stations in St. Bernard Parish are manned and ready for this event.
At this time, the FPA does not anticipate that the three Pump Stations and Closure
Structures at Lake Pontchartrain will be activated, but it is prepared to do so if the forecast
changes and water levels in Lake Pontchartrain reach key thresholds. The
FPA has been coordinating with the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board
throughout the weekend for that possibility and will continue to do so through the

We have activated the Flood Protection Authority’s Emergency Operations Center, and we will
be monitoring conditions around the clock, until this storm passes.
Residents should continue to remain alert and monitor weather conditions and updates from
local, state and Federal officials.

Gate closure alerts will continue to be sent out via the FPA alert system, which citizens can sign
up for by following the AlertSense signup link at

Derek Boese
Chief Administrative Officer, Flood Protection Authority – East