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Resource ID: #19841
Subject: Disasters
Source: Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
Date: 2002-06-23



An investigation by the Times-Picayune revealed that "despite billions of dollars spent on levees to protect Louisiana's coastal communities from hurricanes, those communities are becoming more vulnerable to even moderately sized storms as the state's coastal wetlands disappear. (The Times-Picayune) found that the hurricane levees surrounding New Orleans and its suburbs are not the effective barriers to storm surge that the public believes, and even their designers admit that more protection is needed. Moderate-sized storms can result in higher surges that overtop levees because the vast swath of wetlands that once protected coastal communities is disappearing at an alarming rate."

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