After suffering from years of lack of maintenance and water intrusion from Hurricane Katrina, the Dew Drop Inn, the legendary New Orleans hotel and nightclub, which once boasted greats like Ray Charles and Little Richard, is finding new life as contractors near completion of a historic renovation before the landmark’s planned opening this fall.
In your story on the Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps project in New
Orleans (ENR 5/9 p. 24), with regard to the severity of Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge in Lake Pontchartrain, wave heights were typically similar to those assumed for the design of the structures (IPET, vol. 1, p. 2).
On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina winds pushed water from Lake Pontchartrain into New Orleans’ three major drainage canals, putting pressure on floodwalls-topped levees that failed to withstand the load of the water.