December 5, 2013
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers says the federal
flood protection system that protects New Orleans should hold up as
Hurricane Gustav hits west of the city.
Spokesman Rene Poche said today the Corps doesn't expect any storm surge flooding. The report came as other officials around New Orleans offered early reports that levees were holding.
Still, the water is rising in the city's Industrial Canal, an video from the scene shows it splashing over the edge.
Levee experts point out that early reports during Hurricane Katrina, and earlier during Hurricane Betsy in 1965, mistakenly said flooding was not a problem. A hurricane's winds can push surge shoreward for hours after a hurricane makes landfall.
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