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Katrina: Why did the levees fail? The blame goes back 300 years

Times-Picayune: 300 years of decisions contributed to disaster City surveyor W.H. Bell urged that the pumps be placed at the mouth of the drainage canals at the lake, because “heavy storms would result in water backup within the canal, culminating in an overflow of the city.” He was ignored, and the pumping stations were built […]