Court: Corps of Engineers not liable for New Orleans levee failure

04/16/2013 | Washington Post, The

The Army Corps of Engineers cannot be held liable for the failure of the levee system in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. said the city's levee system was "tragically flawed," but that evidence was insufficient to prove that breaches resulted from "uplift pressures" from a government contractor's excavation work near the levee. "The Court cannot and will not find as a certainty what exactly caused these breaches," Duval wrote in his ruling.

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