The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a study that could lead to relaxed levee standards and less protection for many coastal areas of Louisiana. The study comes as local governments in south Louisiana have called for less-stringent levee standards, which were created to prevent another disaster similar to the flooding following Hurricane Katrina. Officials say the new rules are too costly. While levee-system improvements in New Orleans will not be affected, standards could be relaxed for nearby flood-protection structures under the proposal.
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