BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Lee Taylor is convinced he's built a better mouse trap. Or in this case, has come up with a new idea for storm surge barriers.
Though not an engineer, this retired railroad man from Diamondhead is convinced his simple idea for controlling water flow could significantly reduce the storm surge damage from future hurricanes.
His idea involves building a series of small barrier islands across the mouth of St. Louis Bay. Attached to those islands would be a series of gates. A float device would deploy the gates when a storm surge approaches, forming a "v" shape and lessening the force of the incoming water.
Taylor is also a pilot and says his idea was born after he flew post-Katrina inspection trips and saw all the devastation caused by the storm surge.
It has become his obsession over the past 10 years. Now, he's going public with his plan, hoping to garner enough support for an Army Corps of Engineers study.