$3 billion flood-control ring finished;

By: Patrap , 12:21 AM GMT on June 14, 2013

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West Bank's $3 billion flood-control ring finished; milestone ceremony planned Monday

Marking a major milestone in the New Orleans area’s flood control improvements, the Army Corps of Engineers said it has finished all permanent structures in the $3-billion ring of levees and floodwalls around the West Bank of Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes. Officials with the corps and other local agencies plan to hold a ceremony Monday to mark completion of the so-called West Bank and Vicinity project.

The 75-mile line of levees, floodwalls, gates and drainage pumps is designed to reduce flood risk on that side of the Mississippi River between Algiers and Ama. The system, which took more than 50 construction contracts to complete, is expected to protect that region from surge associated with a so-called 100-year storm, one with a 1 percent chance of occurring in any given storm season.

With the exception of lower Plaquemines Parish, areas on the west bank of the Mississippi River escaped the devastation that came after Hurricane Katrina. But that was because the storm’s trajectory pushed most of the surge to the east bank of the river.

Like the rest of the New Orleans area, the West Bank’s pre-Katrina levees and floodwalls were a system in name only. Wide areas had no levees at all. And widely populated areas had levees and floodwalls that were not up to the 100-year standard.

The West Bank and Vicinity project sought to fix that by raising the height of existing levees, building better floodwalls and closing the gaps in the protection. Just as important, the corps installed the world’s largest pump station, the West Closure Complex at the Harvey Canal, to reduce flood risk.

The corps said the last permanent structure in the system was completed with the recent construction of two monoliths at the Western Tie-In, where the West Bank system connects to the Mississippi River levee at Ama in St. Charles Parish.
From that spot, the system extends southeast through a levee just north of Lake Cataouatche, then snakes its way through a network of levees and floodwalls south of Westwego, Marrero, Harvey and Belle Chasse. There the system connects again to the Mississippi levee at Oakville in Plaquemines Parish.

Monday’s ceremony is set to begin at 10 a.m. at the new U.S. 90 bridge near the Davis Pond guide levee.

Completion of the West Bank's system is the second major milestone this week as the corps nears the final stages in its $14.5 billion overhaul of the region’s flood control system since Katrina. On Friday, the corps and contractor PCCP Constructors will begin construction of permanent pump stations at the mouths of the 17th Street, Orleans and London Avenue canals in New Orleans. That work is likely to cost almost $615 million.






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7. Patrap
1:19 AM GMT on June 15, 2013
Happy B-day to the US Army

Two hundred thirty-eight years ago, our nation's leaders established the Continental Army, beginning a rich heritage of successfully defending this great country and her citizens. Today, we celebrate the continued strength, professionalism and bravery of our ready and resilient Soldiers in the all-volunteer force. Our Soldiers remain Army Strong with a lifelong commitment to our core values and beliefs. Following more than 12 years of war, the Army remains committed to the readiness, training and advancement of the Total Army through the Army initiatives: Ready and Resilient, The Army Profession and Soldier for Life. This 238th birthday commemorates America's Army - Soldiers, families and civilians - who are achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong. We also celebrate our local communities for their steadfast support of our Soldiers and families.

We are "America's Army: Service to the Nation, Strength for the Future."



hief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno; Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel; Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh; Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III and Pvt. 1st Class Andrew Segla, the youngest soldier serving in the Military District of Washington; cut the Army's birthday cake during a ceremony marking its 238th birthday at the Pentagon, June 13, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John G. Martinez)
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6. Patrap
5:35 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
I got no reason for the things I fear
The things that plague me when I see and hear
A dime's a nickel and a nickel's none
I'll throw myself into the Sunday sun

A summer Sunday when you went insane
You said you're going but I said I came
I'm throwing oranges in an apple cart
The ties that bind are tearing me apart

Jenny says, turn off the radio
Jenny says, turn off the lights
Jenny says, turn off the video
You beat yourself up to bring yourself down

Let it go, let it go, let it go
Let it go, let it go, let it go
When the world is coming down on me
I let it go

I got no reason for the things I say
She turned toward me then she turned away
There's lots of forces in a modern world
That take their toll upon a modern girl

I got no reason for the things I fear
The things that plague me when I see and hear
I'll press my finger on an itchy trigger
What once was small right now is so much bigger

Jenny says, turn off the radio
Jenny says, turn off the lights
Jenny says, turn off the video
You beat yourself up to bring yourself down


Let it go, let it go, let it go
Let it go, let it go, let it go
When the world is coming down on me
I let it go

I got no reason for the things I do
The dealer deals and then the dealer's screwed
You throw your cards upon a playing table
My name is Cain and I am now un-Able

I got no reason for the things I fear
The things that plague me when I see and hear
A dime's a nickel, a nickel's none
I'll throw myself into the Sunday sun

Jenny says, turn off the radio
Jenny says, turn off the lights
Jenny says, turn off the video
You beat yourself up 'cause you love it

Let it go, let it go, let it go
Let it go, let it go, let it go
When the world is coming down on me
I let it go

Let it go, let it go, let it go
Let it go, let it go, let it go
When the world is coming down on me
I let it go

I let it go, let it go, let it go
I let it go, let it go, let it go



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5. Patrap
1:24 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
Hey, Father...

we know its your weekend but'


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4. mikatnight
1:03 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
RAIN KING

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3. Patrap
1:02 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
Thanks mikatnight, good stuff there.
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2. mikatnight
1:00 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
Hi Pat, everyone -

Rocket Stoves...

Efficient, easy to build stove fueled by small sticks, etc. This guy built one in about 2 minutes using 20 regular-shaped bricks. An easy way to boil water and cook for people who are otherwise without means after a disaster.


These things are also being built in many different configurations for all kinds of uses. Check out some of the images HERE.

These and many other links are available in the Hurricane Protocol 2013 guide. If you haven't checked it out, it's worth a look...
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1. Patrap
2:37 AM GMT on June 14, 2013
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Slow down, go down, got to get your lovin' one more time
Hold me, roll me, slow ridin' woman you're so fine


Woo

I'm in the mood, the rhythm is right,
Move to the music yea, we can roll all night, yea.
Oooh, oooh ...

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Slow down, go down, got to get your lovin' one more time
Hold me, roll me, slow ridin' woman you're so fine


(Slow ride, easy, slow ride, sleazy - Slow ride, easy, slow ride, sleazy)

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Hold me, roll me, slow ridin' woman you're so fine

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(Slow down, go down - Slow down, go down)

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Come on baby, take a slow ride.
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I feel good, oh I feel alright!

You know the rhythm is right - You know the rhythm is right -
We gotta rock all night - We gotta rock all night -
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You know the rhythm is right, we gotta rock all night.
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Woo, Yea, Woo, Woa!


Elevate me mama - Elevate me mama - Elevate me mama - Elevate me mama.
Oww!
Woo!


Slow ride! Yea!



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