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Press Release 05-190

Researchers to Present Findings on New Orleans Levee Breaches

Details of preliminary results to be released

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Researchers inspect a portion of the floodwall that was overtopped and flattened.

American Society of Civil Engineers geotechnical-team members inspect a portion of the floodwall along the Industrial Canal that was overtopped and flattened by Katrina's storm surge. The force of the storm shattered much of the concrete wall that topped the steel sheet-piles.

Credit: Rune Storesund photos


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University of Berkeley researchers and their colleagues set out for the New Orleans levees

University of Berkeley researchers Ray Seed (in baseball cap) and Bob Bea (hatless) prepare to investigate the New Orleans levees with colleagues from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Army Corps of Engineers.

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This concrete floodwall in New Orleans was dislodged by Hurricane Katrina

This concrete floodwall and its steel-pile anchors were originally sunk into the levee top along New Orleans' Industrial Canal. The structures were devastated by the force of Hurricane Katrina's storm surge, allowing water to flood the city's Lower Ninth Ward. Berkeley engineers examined damaged and destroyed levees and floodwalls during a weeklong visit to New Orleans in October, and will soon present formal recommendations based on their findings.

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