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Here We Go Again: Will $15B Nola Levees Hold Up To Hurricane Barry?

We can't keep up with global heating, and a potential hurricane is bearing down on New Orleans now.

The $14 billion network of levees and floodwalls that was built to protect greater New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was a seemingly invincible bulwark against flooding.

But now, 11 months after the Army Corps of Engineers completed one of the largest public works projects in world history, the agency says the system will stop providing adequate protection in as little as four years because of rising sea levels and shrinking levees.

The growing vulnerability of the New Orleans area is forcing the Army Corps to begin assessing repair work, including raising hundreds of miles of levees and floodwalls that form a meandering earth and concrete fortress around the city and its adjacent suburbs.

And now this:

JUST IN: Tropical Storm Barry forms in the Gulf of Mexico, NWS says.

Tropical Storm warnings issued for Louisiana.

Barry could become hurricane late
Friday.

Mississippi River at New Orleans forecast to crest at highest level since 1927 this weekend.

— NBC News (@NBCNews)

Update: Here are the 10 AM CDT Key Messages on Tropical Storm , expected to bring dangerous storm surge, wind and rainfall impacts to portions of the Gulf Coast. See and for more information.

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic)

WATCH: Videos capture dramatic conditions of flash flooding in New Orleans following heavy rains Wednesday morning.

— NBC News (@NBCNews)

Louisiana has declared a state of emergency ahead of Potential Tropical Cyclone Two. Hurricane conditions with FEET of rainfall can be expected in parts of the state. Watch our live coverage from New Orleans through 9p ET tonight, as well as our continuing coverage tomorrow.

— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel)

Instead of a coherent plan to fight global heating, I guess all we have left are thoughts and prayers.


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