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New Orleans Declared 'Dry' After Devastating Floods

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has finished pumping water out of New Orleans, after the southern city flooded as a result of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

A spokeswoman for the Corps made the announcement Tuesday after working for weeks to pump the water out at a rate of about 15 centimeters per day. The Corps of Engineers is responsible for New Orleans' levees and flood walls.

Most of the city is below sea level, and some 80 percent of it flooded after Katrina when water overflowed some flood walls and broke through others. Some neighborhoods were inundated a second time when Rita brought heavy rains last month.

The Corps spokeswoman said the levees will be repaired to a pre-Katrina level of readiness by next June.

Some information in this story provided by AP.