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Flawed Walls Led to Flooding in New Orleans

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Flawed Walls Led to Flooding in New Orleans

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Flawed Walls Led to Flooding in New Orleans

Flawed Walls Led to Flooding in New Orleans

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Engineers testify before the Senate that downtown New Orleans should not have flooded during Hurricane Katrina. The flooding occurred because walls along canals had faulty foundations and collapsed. The investigators said it's unclear whether the failures were the result of design flaws or cutting corners during construction.