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All New Orleans levees would have held against the storm surge if New Orleans had not been structurally weakening the levees for years prior. The city, and various corporate interests based in New Orleans, dredged away critical foundation materials located at the seaward base of the levees, then used that material for other purposes.
In other words, the city compromised levees that the Corps of Engineers earlier built to protect it. The Corps can't be blamed for the disaster that followed, if that is your point.
My professor said it was President Bush that destroyed the levees.
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