Saturday, May 2, 2015

U.S. Liable in New Orleans-Area Flooding

The federal government must pay for some of the flooding damage from Hurricane Katrina caused by failures of the hurricane protection system in the New Orleans area, a judge ruled Friday.
Judge Susan G. Braden of the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington focused her decision on a navigation project built by the Army Corps of Engineers, a canal known as the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet and nicknamed MR-GO.
The canal has been linked to devastating flood damage in the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans and damage to nearby St. Bernard Parish after the hurricane struck on Aug. 29, 2005. The canal has since been closed.

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