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Sep 29, 2005 at 12:00 AM
Two independent investigations into the levee breaks after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans have indicated that poor engineering and design were central to the disaster.

In a revised lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, the plaintiffs claim the U.S. Corps of Engineers failed to do its job in designing, constructing and monitoring the MRGO and other New Orleans waterways including the Industrial Canal, the 17th Street Canal and the London Avenue Canal, resulting in flooding, death and massive destruction following Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005.

As recently as April 16, Lt. General Carl Strock, Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers admitted that the pre-Katrina levees were insufficient:
“We have now concluded we had problems with the design of the structure. We had hoped that wasn’t the case, but we recognize it is the reality.”

We also learn that, while the Corps promises to have the levees rebuilt by June 1st, these levees will not have the armoring that is needed to secure the most vulnerable spots for months afterward.
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