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TX - New $62M pumping station at Alligator Bayou nearly ready for hurricane season

Expansion project has six new pumps that will pump flood water out of canals and ditches into the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — After more than a decade of holding their breath and graveling for more money and time, Jefferson County's new Alligator Bayou pumping station in Port Arthur is ready for the 2021 hurricane season.

The $62 million project at Alligator Bayou is 98% complete as hurricane season gets underway in the Atlantic. And after two historic flood events, Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Imelda, the project couldn't come at a better time.

"We've updated everything to a 25-year storm and in many places up to a 100 year storm,"  said Allen Sims, vice president for water resources at LJA Engineering in Beaumont.

Sims' firm was hired by DD7 to complete the Alligator Bayou project. It's a project that begin in 2015.

The project includes six new, smaller pumps that can pump 1.5 million gallons of water from canals and ditches into the Intracoastal Waterway every minute. That's double what the old pumps could handle.

"The new pumps are vertical axle flow, so they're easier to start," Sims said. "You turn them on and engage the pump within minutes."

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