New Orleans Counts on New Levees to Prevent a Future Flood
The city’s recovery is the result of the people and culture the city is famous for, as well as newcomers and start-up industries
New Orleans is marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding of the low-elevation city. Studies have shown that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to build levees strong enough to withstand the surge of storm water. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, the new levees are much stronger
New Orleans has long been an international tourist attraction, but tourism was disrupted for many months after Hurricane Katrina struck 10 years ago. Tourism rebounded along with the city’s infrastructure and today, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, it is a major part of a thriving economy.
Nearly a decade has passed since the city of New Orleans and many of its suburbs were devastated by flooding resulting from the failure of levees to hold back Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge. Most of the infrastructure and housing has been restored, and trade, commerce and tourism are flourishing. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from New Orleans, Katrina changed the city’s population mix.
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President Barack Obama has called New Orleans an example of what Americans can achieve when they work together. In a speech Thursday on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the southern city, he praised efforts to rebuild New Orleans, but said more can be done to help its disadvantaged communities. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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