Gustav hits New Orleans

Posted on September 2, 2008. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Designated as “Mother of all Storms”, Gustav barged ashore on the US Gulf Coast just west of New Orleans on Monday, hammering the city devastated by Katrina in 2005 with surging floodwaters that threatened its rebuilt levees. The storm was weaker than predicted by The National Hurricane Center in Miami. Waves splashed over floodwalls containing the New Orleans Industrial Canal, triggering a tense situation over the stability of the barrier system which has failed three years ago during Katrina. Water rose in the Fifth District, west of the canal and troops evacuated residents who stayed behind. But the US Army Corps of Engineers said the levees had not yet been breached.

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