News of the WeekHURRICANE KATRINA

Levees Came Up Short, Researchers Tell Congress

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Science  11 Nov 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5750, pp. 953-955
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5750.953

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The most common explanation for the failure of the levees protecting New Orleans has been that they simply weren't built to withstand a storm of Hurricane Katrina's ferocity. But several teams of engineers told a Senate panel last week that poor design or construction bears much of the blame.