NEW ORLEANS, La. - Gen. George Casey, U.S. Army Chief of Staff, visited the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal-Lake Borgne Surge Barrier during a visit to New Orleans.

Casey was in town for a National Guard Bureau conference and took time to visit this major Corps project and meet Soldiers and employees who contributed to the development of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction Systems (HSDRRS).

The 1.8-mile long surge barrier, which stretches across the confluence of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, will operate in tandem with the soon-to-be constructed Seabrook Floodgate Complex to provide 100-year risk reduction for some of the region's most vulnerable areas, including New Orleans East, metro New Orleans, Gentilly, the Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish.