Earlier today, U.S. Sen. David Vitter met with Colonel Richard Hansen, Commander and New Orleans District Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), regarding the Corps' preparation and projections for Tropical Storm Karen, which is expected to approach the Gulf Coast late on Saturday.
"I can absolutely confirm that every person and all resources that the Corps will need to protect the Gulf from this storm are ready and available. There is no negative impact trickling down from the government shutdown, and the Corps' preparation for Tropical Storm Karen will not be compromised in any way," said Vitter. "Additionally, I am monitoring any projections and potential closures so that Gulf Coast residents are informed and safe in the coming days."
Vitter is the top ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Corps.