New Orleans levees could collapse again, engineers say

05/22/2008 | Kansas City Star (Mo.), The

A New Orleans levee that had more than $22 million in repairs following Hurricane Katrina is leaking again, causing some engineers to worry that the city's newly rebuilt levees could again suffer a catastrophic collapse. The $14 billion levee program in New Orleans is "based on a 30-year-old defunct model of thinking, and it means that when they wake up to this one -- really -- our cost is going to increase significantly," said Bob Bea, a civil engineer at the University of California at Berkeley. The Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the levee project, insists it has accounted for the risk of seepage, spending $100 million on soil borings to determine the best levee design.

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