Corps of Engineers Reviewing Storm Surge Model

Sep 1, 2012

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is checking if its new levee system built around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina put other communities at greater risk. Some residents say they’re suffering unprecedented flooding after Hurricane Isaac.

The $14 billion system designed to protect New Orleans performed as planned in its debut for storm protection. But some residents in communities south of the city and outside that system are asking if massive gates that shut ahead of Isaac sent storm surge to their neighborhoods.

The Corps issued a statement, saying it will check the modeling used in the design for the new system. It did not say when that review would be complete.