WTVY  | Dothan, AL  | News, Weather, Sports

Judge Ends Katrina Flooding Lawsuits Against Feds

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Dozens of lawsuits seeking damages from the federal government for Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures and flooding in the New Orleans area are over.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. has dismissed the cases. The move comes more than a year after a federal appeals court overturned his ruling holding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers liable for flooding caused by lax maintenance of a shipping channel.

Duval has also dismissed a parallel lawsuit against a contractor. It claimed excavation work weakened flood walls in New Orleans' Industrial Canal.

Duval entered the orders Dec. 20.

More than 500,000 residents, businesses and governments filed claims against the Corps. But the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Corps is immune from lawsuits when it made judgments in flood protection and navigation.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WTVY-TV 285 N Foster Street Dothan, AL 36303 334-792-3195
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 237832301