Case Study: 70-Mile Earthen Levee

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Project: 70-Mile Earthen Levee
Location: Greater New Orleans, LA, United States
Project Type: Earthen Levees and Dams
Application: Hurricane Protection — Levee Armoring
Product Used: ARMORMAX®

Photo of earthen levee damage caused by storm surge overtopping.

Problem

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District embarked on one of the largest and most comprehensive public works projects in American history following the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) program was begun shortly after Katrina, constructing over $14 Billion of flood protection improvements. One of the most critical measures of the HSDRRS was protection of refurbished earthen levees against the erosion-causing hydraulic forces of storm surge overtopping.

Solution

Full scale installation of ARMORMAX® 75 was begun on over 70 miles of earthen levee in 2015, after a rigorous testing program to ensure that the system met USACE design standards. With simple, rapid installation, ARMORMAX 75 was installed on levees to armor and provide levee resiliency while providing deep rooted vegetation establishment.

Photo of ARMORMAX installation in progress on levee.

Solution

 

Photo of ARMORMAX installation in progress on levee.

Performance

ARMORMAX® 75 improved levee resiliency with immediate and sustainable protection while resisting wildlife and maintenance damages. ARMORMAX 75 is the new standard for levee protection.


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