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RE: Journalist query: New Orleans levee/floodwall breaches

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Here is a link to a bunch of downloadable Army engineering publications, including some things on levees and floodwalls that you may find useful.

Jim Lutz, P.E., S.E.
Earth Tech, Inc.
10800 NE 8th St - 7th Floor
Bellevue, WA 98004

From: John McQuaid [mailto:John.McQuaid(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2005 1:35 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Journalist query: New Orleans levee/floodwall breaches

I am a reporter for The Times-Picayune of New Orleans. I am researching the engineering issues raised by the structural failures in several canal floodwalls in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina (and the ongoing problems with Hurricane Rita) and am seeking expertise/input from structural engineers and other scientists with expertise in the area of materials science.

Trying to develop a deeper understanding of the forces that would have been acting on floodwalls with high water in the canals, various failure dynamics, etc.

Any help/references appreciated.


John McQuaid

The Times-Picayune, New Orleans

Washington bureau

1101 Connecticut Avenue NW s. 300

Washington, DC 20036




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