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46 minutes past 2 o'clock here in New Orleans where they're waiting for -- to come ashore.
As we've been reporting throughout this hour there's no way to know exactly where it'll calm but their best projections for the National Hurricane Center.
Have -- coming directly into New Orleans probably will go to one side or another but there's no way to know.
The hope is that the levees will hold in the city won't flood.
Let's get to colonel Rick Wagoner DC and with the Army Corps of Engineers colonel thank so much for being here -- you ready here.
Well -- Shepperd we're ready.
I'm the retired district commander for the corps of engineers I'm not currently with the corps of engineers yes.
But I think they're ready.
And why is that.
Just because of this science the technology in the amount of effort put into those levees systems.
It's a drastic improvement over what was there during 2000 five when Katrina struck.
And I know that people who build levees don't like to talk about categories of storms -- amount of wind there's so many different factors that play into this sort of thing and I understand that.
But you're ready for more than you got last time.
Yet the last time he didn't get a direct hit you didn't get a cat -- New Orleans.
We got a cat three to south Mississippi and you -- back -- that flooded the city.
-- the major challenge for.
New Orleans surrounded by water.
During that event and problem possibly this event.
Is pushing all of the water into Lake Pontchartrain and lake -- And then pushing it into the city.
But they've done a lot of work they have a lot of new -- complexes that keep the water away from the center of the city.
But for people who don't know Lake Pontchartrain is up here in the cities here in the water came from the back side of the city.
Like from the east side just push the end.
But if this storm -- to come and say to the west of New Orleans.
You get a more traditional counter -- storm surge and in the by use of Louisiana where they used to be all of this vegetation all of this growth.
All of this more slanted and barrier -- and all of that over the last fifty years from stuff that we've done and stuff that mother nature's done.
Is largely dog.
And you really haven't had an event where the water just keep pushing in here with a storm -- to the west with that.
Would that counter -- the surge is pushing right into the city is that something can the mr.
go for instance handle that.
go is on the eastern side of the city but that.
The corps of engineers has built a major complex.
On the western closure complex on the western side.
But they're still substantial risk to low lying areas -- commenced -- And all of those areas that are protected by levees.
Or are protected by levees that still aren't finished as such as in lower plaque -- fair.
Yeah I know that they're getting some of those people at a lower lower -- -- is already for people who don't if you wanna find a fascinating place.
To see how people live go Google lower plaque commenced perished and see what life is like there it is a throwback to another -- and the fascinating thing I think -- be great fun for weekend.
How those hardy souls doing your round is beyond me certain colonel good luck I hope you're absolutely right and that this storm gets us a much needed rain around here because that the gulf -- could use it thank you.
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