Draggingtree Posted September 26, 2012 Share Posted September 26, 2012 The Christian Science Monitor: Army Corps not liable for Katrina damage, appeals panel finds New Orleans residents were dealt a setback Monday when a federal appeals panel, upending its own earlier decision, ruled that the US Army Corps of Engineers cannot be sued for damages stemming from losses sustained after hurricane Katrina. By Mark Guarino, Staff writer / September 25, 2012 Five hurricane Katrina survivors seeking government compensation for lost property and livelihoods were dealt a setback this week, as a federal appeals panel absolved the US Army Corps of Engineers from liability for damages stemming from failure of the flood-control system that protects New Orleans. The panel's decision Monday came as a surprise, in effect upending its previous finding in March that the Army Corps was liable for some damages. The Army Corps has primary responsibility for building and maintaining the network of levees and flood-control mechanisms surrounding New Orleans, and plaintiffs claim that the floodwaters that inundated most of New Orleans in August 2005 – killing nearly 2,000 people, displacing half the population, and causing more than $81 billion in damage – were not the result of a natural disaster but rather of failure by the corps to supply adequate protection. Previously, a lower court had blasted the Army Corps for failing to maintain the flood-protection system. The five residents suing the corps – and about 500,000 other claimants in line behind them – say they are owed Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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