In recent years, hurricanes have caused billions in damage to our waterways and we are about to start a new season in a few weeks.
In this ArkLaTex in depth report, I'll discuss if our water ways are hurricane ready.
Last year our waterways took a good beating from hurricanes Sandy and Isaac. These minimal category 1 storms did costly damage to the northeast U.S. and northern gulf coasts.
In fact, storm surge and torrential rain from Isaac caused breaches in earthen levees around St. Charles, Plaquemines and La Fourche parishes.
The forecast for this next hurricane season according to Dr. William gray at Colorado State University is for above average tropical activity. This is due to a minimal El Nino and warm tropical waters near the continental U.S.
Dr. Gray is predicting 13-17 named storms, 7-10 hurricanes, 3-6 major ones and 3 possible landfalls.
An average year consists of 12 tropical storms, 6 hurricanes with 3 being major and two U.S. Landfalls.
So, with all of this in mind, are our nation's waterways ready for a potentially busy hurricane season?
Well, if you ask U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, her answer would be that we are not ready! Our waterway construction projects are way under funded!
She recently challenged an army civil works spokesperson during a subcommittee on water and energy about this topic which reaffirmed her notions.
So, you have a backlog of 60 billion dollars of construction waiting to happen and you have 1.6 billion in this budget.
It appears that our waterways are not quite ready for this hurricane season.