Levees around New Orleans prove reliable

NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - Seven years ago, the Army Corps of Engineers desperately tried to plug breaches in New Orleans' broken and busted levee system.
Since those catastrophic days, the Army Corps has installed new floodgates, pumps, floodwalls and levees across New Orleans. A day after Isaac hit New Orleans, on the seventh anniversary of Katrina, officials said the 130 mile flood protection system did its job.

The only problem came at the 17th Street Canal, the site of a breach during Katrina. When computers that are supposed to turn on pumps failed there Wednesday, pump operators had to turn them on by hand.

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