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Federal Judge says Army corps of Engineers led to massive flooding in Katrina, thoughts?

NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers' failure to properly maintain a navigation channel led to massive flooding in Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval sided with five residents and one business who argued the Army Corps' shoddy oversight of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet led to the flooding of New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward and neighboring St. Bernard Parish. He said, however, the corps couldn't be held liable for the flooding of eastern New Orleans, where one of the plaintiffs lived.

Duval awarded the plaintiffs $720,000, or about $170,000 each, but the decision could eventually make the government vulnerable to a much larger payout. The ruling should give more than 100,000 other individuals, businesses and government entities a better shot at claiming billions of dollars in damages.

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:06 PM on Nov. 18, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yes, Anon:23. they did. But the Corps was the last word on working with the levees. Like I stated, they share in the blame because that is the most blatantly corrupt city I have ever lived in. Ever.

    You don't mess with the water there without the approval of the Corps. At the time, it just wasn't done, and still is not really different now.
    LiliM

    Answer by LiliM at 11:27 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091119/ap_on_re_us/us_katrina_flood_lawsuit
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:06 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • Is this a journal? what is your question?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:08 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • No, I aaked for thoughts ...On the IMPACT on this verdict

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:10 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • Is the judge also an engineer?
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 10:10 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • Too bad the government is bankrupt. They will have a hard time getting blood from a turnip.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 10:14 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • This has been well known in that area for YEARS. The ACOE tried to make the river run in a path it did not want to run, and they only ever fortified that city for a Cat 3 hurricane. I read an article in Time a couple of years ago where it exposed the whole mess of corruption that was the Corps. It was sickening.

    They deserve to share in the blame. They told leaders in NO for years that they had things under control. Not that the leaders don't get a share also, because they are ridiculous in their refusal to deal with it as well.

    But the Corps maintained til the end that the levees were safe, things would be fine, etc.
    They still have not built up that city to withstand a Cat 5 again. It is shameful.
    LiliM

    Answer by LiliM at 11:05 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • LiliM

    Answer by LiliM at 11:07 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • Hmmm, with all the government ineptitude, makes me wonder why we are so eager to give them healthcare. Especially a bill they won't submit their own families to.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:13 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • Hmmm, with all the government ineptitude, makes me wonder why we are so eager to give them healthcare. Especially a bill they won't submit their own families to.


    Like we trust them with National Security and the ability to send us to war when there are like 3 Congressman that have KIDS in the military??

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:23 PM on Nov. 18, 2009