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Perilous Place, Powerful StormsHurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana$
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Craig E. Colten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732382

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732382.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) Introduction
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Perilous Place, Powerful Storms
Author(s):

Craig E. Colten

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732382.003.0001

This introductory chapter presents a historical account that exposes the complex interplay of the numerous players in the failed effort to protect New Orleans from tropical storms. The discussions include the Corps of Engineers’ responsibility to design levees for the lower Mississippi River; the role of human society in contributing to the disastrous outcome of extreme floods; the national flood insurance policy; and hurricane protection projects of the New Orleans District Corps of Engineers.

Keywords:   hurricane protection system, New Orleans, tropical storms, Corp of Engineers, flood protection, levees, flood insurance policy

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