Louisiana Governor: Modeling Shows New Orleans Levee System Will Withstand Hurricane Ida

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Sunday said that digital modeling shows that the state’s levee system constructed after Hurricane Katrina will withstand Hurricane Ida. When asked by a CBS News anchor, Edwards said he felt “very good” that the system would hold up against Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in southeastern Louisiana. Ida currently has winds of about 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center, and it struck near Port Fourchon, located just southwest of New Orleans, at around 12 p.m. ET. “All of our modeling shows that we feel very good about what’s inside the hurricane risk reduction system,” Edwards, a Democrat, told CBS, noting that the storm will be a “tremendous test.” After Katrina hit in 2005, the state spent billions of dollars in reconstructing the levee system around New Orleans, which experienced significant flooding and storm surge. “We have lesser systems, protection, built along the coast …

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