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Main Title New Orleans levees and floodwalls : hurricane damage protection /
Author Carter, Nicole T.
Publisher Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress,
Year Published 2005
OCLC Number 61709098
Subjects Levees--New Orleans (La) ; Flood dams and reservoirs--Louisiana--New Orleans ; Flood damage prevention--Louisiana--New Orleans ; Flood control--Louisiana--New Orleans ; Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Internet Access
Description Access URL
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBM  TC337.C37 2005 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 09/27/2005
Collation 6 p. : digital, PDF file.
"September 6, 2005." Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Notes
Hurricane Katrina's storm surge breached floodwalls and levees surrounding New Orleans, causing widespread inundation and significant damage and hampering rescue and recovery efforts. Flooding from precipitation and storm surges flowing over levees was anticipated because of the hurricane's intensity; however, structural failure of the floodwalls and consequent flooding were uncertain. The immediate engineering and the underlying causes of the breaches are the subject of speculation, and likely will be the subject of investigations and congressional oversight. The breaches occurred at the Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity Project being constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and maintained by local levee districts. Those observers questioning why infrastructure providing a greater level of hurricane protection was not available are countered by those arguing that structural protections carry their own risks.