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Our Purpose and Mission

Our mission is to ensure the physical and operational integrity of the regional flood risk
management system in southeastern Louisiana as a defense against floods
and storm surge from hurricanes.

We accomplish this mission by working with local, regional, state, and federal partners to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain projects that will reduce the probability and risk
of flooding for the residents and businesses within our jurisdiction.

Our Purpose and Mission

Our mission is to ensure the physical and operational integrity of the regional flood risk management system in southeastern Louisiana as a defense against floods and storm surge from hurricanes.

We accomplish this mission by working with local, regional, state, and federal partners to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain projects that will reduce the probability and risk of flooding for the residents and businesses within our jurisdiction.

The Flood Protection Authority’s flood defense system is one of the strongest and largest in the world.
It significantly diminishes the risk of flooding for over 1 million residents in the New Orleans Metropolitan area.

The Flood Protection Authority’s flood defense system is one of the strongest and largest in the world.

It significantly diminishes the risk of flooding for over 1 million residents in the New Orleans Metropolitan area.

How Your Flood Defense System Works

  Preparation for the next hurricane season always begins the day after the previous season ends. Throughout the year, the Flood Protection Authority inspects, maintains and regularly exercises all components of the flood risk reduction system. Our emergency procedures are consistently updated and we practice “drill runs” by using those procedures to ensure that our employees are prepared to respond to any potential flood threat.

  As a new storm approaches, we begin the systematic closing of valves, flood gates, lift gates, and sector gates. During a storm, all of our essential employees stay in safe houses while monitoring each flood protection component to make sure they are operating properly.

  After the storm has passed and the emergency is over, we systematically inspect all of the flood protection components to determine if any damages occurred and immediately repair them to make sure they are ready for the next threat. We then reopen all of the floodgates.

How Your Flood Defense System Works

  Preparation for the next hurricane season always begins the day after the previous season ends. Throughout the year, the Flood Protection Authority inspects, maintains and regularly exercises all components of the flood risk reduction system. Our emergency procedures are consistently updated and we practice “drill runs” by using those procedures to ensure that our employees are prepared to respond to any potential flood threat.

  As a new storm approaches, we begin the systematic closing of valves, flood gates, lift gates, and sector gates. During a storm, all of our essential employees stay in safe houses while monitoring each flood protection component to make sure they are operating properly.

  After the storm has passed and the emergency is over, we systematically inspect all of the flood protection components to determine if any damages occurred and immediately repair them to make sure they are ready for the next threat. We then reopen all of the floodgates.

Join us in protecting your homes, families and businesses by

being prepared before a major storm approaches. Learn more

Join us in protecting your homes, families and businesses by being prepared before a major storm approaches. Learn more