Lakefront braces for surge; brain eater spreads; poverty rises in suburbia

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Two neighborhood security districts in New Orleans are balking at a plan to fold the work of their self-funded police patrols into the city’s new system for managing off-duty police details, with at least one district threatening to take its business elsewhere.

Residents along the Lakefront are being advised to brace themselves for some major construction work. The Army Corps of Engineers is starting work on three permanent canal closures and pumps at 17th Street and Orleans and London Avenues.

The $615 million project is designed to keep storm surge out of city canals. In a major storm, gates will close and stormwater will be pumped out of the canals into Lake Pontchartrain.

The corps is planning 24-hour construction schedules to get the three stations completed in 2017.

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