Judge: Corps' Negligence Caused Katrina Flooding

A federal judge has ruled 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 late Wednesday ruled in favor of residents who alleged 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.

Many in Katrina have argued that Katrina, which struck the region Aug. 29, 2005, was a manmade disaster caused by the Army Corps' failure to maintain the levee system protecting the city.


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  • by McArthur Park on Nov 19, 2009 at 07:15 PM
    That ONE liberal hair brained judge can make such a monumental decision over something in which he has no grain of expertise and is based on flimsy BS spewed forth by lawyers is beyond credibility. It is imperative that this go to the Supreme Court. Throw these so called leaders of ours out so that they have to get a REAL job!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 19, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    Purebread and others, everybody knows this was Bush's fault. Ok, hear me out. Bush dropped the hurricane seed that created the hurricane Katrina, only problem is he added too many drops of water to it. This was Sadaams justification for lauching WMDs to destroy the levees there and flood the town, then Cheney shot his hunting buddy, Bush then created a war against Iraq that created 911 when Bush sent planes into the tower that was blamed on Al Quaeda, then we went to War with afganistan, for its real estate, Bush lied and said he did not have sex with that woman on TV news, we didn't find WMDs, Al Gore created global warming, this forced everybody into the Silverdome and the toilets flooded, whoo! Conclusion, the Army corp should have figured out how to make the toilets flush. I learned this from Barlow and Derek.....just kidding guys. This is how much sense this makes.
  • by PUREBREAD on Nov 19, 2009 at 12:30 AM
    Anybody out thier ever heard of the great flood?This was god washing away sin.This is nothing but spit that is going to happen if all you dumb@$$e$$ dont wake up.The engineers cant stop gods wrath againts evil he dont care about a maintained channel.Negligence? Thats just stupid! What the heck can a liberal federal judge know anything about engineering.If he and Al Gore is so smart why the heck dont they maintain and design things.GEEZ!
  • by Preacher Man on Nov 18, 2009 at 10:40 PM
    God givith. God takith.It was going to happen.Judge needith read the bible.
  • by really? Location: gv on Nov 18, 2009 at 09:56 PM
    lets all sue the army, etc. maybe obama can see this as another reason to give more freebe's out
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 at 08:04 PM
    it was Bush's fault. His danged stealth bombers!
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Nov 18, 2009 at 08:01 PM
    If he wants to go down this line of reasoning, which I don't agree with, then the judge has to follow the chain. The Corps does the best they can do with the limited resources they have. Maintaining the Mississippi levee system is way down at the bottom of the federal govt list of things to do. We have locks that are condemned still being used because Congress will not fund new ones or repairs to the existing ones. The Corps budget has been reduced each year for the last 10 years. And was frozen for 10 years before that. both political parties are to blame. While at the same time we created a useless agency known as homeland security.
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Nov 18, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    Yeah, ok....... such ignorance
  • by Eugene Location: Eastern NC on Nov 18, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    Sounds like BS to me. You can point fingers at anyone when it comes to a natural disaster. I think the ones at fault are the federal government for not giving the corps the funding to maintain the levee. Or, you might as well say that it's the poor peoples' fault for living below sea level instead of building on higher land. Or, let's blame god...maybe these sorry folks that have never worked in their lives can get a judge to rule against god. Ridiculous the things people are allowed to sue over in this country.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Nov 18, 2009 at 07:18 PM
    I guess there is absolutely no fault resting with with the state and local gubments down there regarding the millions and millions that the federal gubment gave them to improve the levi and dike systems, that they diverted to bring in the casinos and the infastructure for them! Buzz-
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