No escape if you’re late: Even small surges will flood sections of I-10 east and west _lowres


When it comes to hurricane evacuation, city and state emergency managers have always stressed there is no room for the “better late than never” mentality. Those who wait, they say, may never get out.

Now a team of engineers has assessed the city’s hurricane protection system and come up with hard evidence to back up that claim.

The team, engaged by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, finds that sections of Interstate 10 on the city’s primary eastern and western evacuation routes will flood long before storm surge threatens levees and floodwalls because those sections are at ground level unprotected by storm barriers.

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