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Hurricane Katrina flood ruling upheld by federal appeals court |
The ruling also clears the way for a September trial by other Lower 9th Ward residents over whether the corps and the Washington Group, a contractor who dug holes in the Industrial Canal as part of a lock replacement project, contributed to the failure of floodwalls along the canal during Katrina.Those actions also would not be subject to Flood Control Act immunity, as they also were not part of a flood control project, the appeals court found.
“It’s wonderful for our state, wonderful for our people,” said Attorney Joseph Bruno, who represented plaintiffs in all three cases. He said he hopes Congress will expand the ruling to include area residents along city drainage canals in a broader reimbursement process.
The MR-GO and Industrial Canal wall trials are considered test cases, using a few people to determine procedures to apply to future plaintiffs, Bruno said. The federal government is likely to appeal this ruling to the full 5th Circuit, and then to the U.S. Supreme Court, which c
law  NewOrleans  HurricaneKatrina 
march 2012 by rat_on

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