Floodwall breaks may leave New Orleans uninhabitable for weeks

08/31/2005 | Engineering News-Record

Water that broke through two levees covered most of New Orleans on Tuesday, causing "incalculable" damage and leaving the city uninhabitable for what likely will be weeks to come. Efforts were under way to evacuate thousands of refugees from the Louisiana Superdome, where conditions were deteriorating, and the Pentagon had ordered five Navy ships and eight Navy maritime rescue teams to the region to help with relief operations. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers had scrambled earlier on Tuesday to plug floodwall breaches in the area.

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