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Perilous Place, Powerful Storms: Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana

Craig E. Colten


The hurricane protection systems that failed New Orleans when Katrina roared on shore in 2005 were the product of four decades of engineering hubris, excruciating delays, and social conflict. This book looks at the protracted process of erecting massive structures designed to fend off tropical storms, and examines how human actions and inactions left the system incomplete on the eve of its greatest challenge. Hurricane Betsy in 1965 provided the impetus for Congress to approve unprecedented hurricane protection for the New Orleans area. Army Engineers swiftly outlined a monumental barrier netw ... More

Keywords: hurricane protection system, New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Betsy, Louisiana

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781604732382
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732382.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig E. Colten, author