NOLA’s Levees Held, But Power May Be Out For Weeks

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

The massive storm, which arrived on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, sent rescuers scrambling to retrieve people from attics as flood waters poured into places like Lafitte, LaPlace and Braithwaite.

The winds, matching the highest speeds ever recorded in Louisiana, tore roofs off homes, toppled transmission towers and left historic buildings in ruin. But unlike Katrina, which caused an estimated 1,800 deaths, mostly as a result of drowning, Ida didn’t bring catastrophic flooding to New Orleans.

That’s because the just-completed $14.5 billion system of levees, floodwalls, pumps and gates built after Katrina largely kept the storm surge and flooding at bay. Gov. Edwards said officials had not identified any levees that failed.

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