The Creeping Storm

by Greg Brouwer, Associate Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2003, Vol. 73, Issue 6, Pg. 46-55

Document Type: Feature article


During the past 40 years the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has spent nearly a billion dollars constructing a barrier around the low-lying city of New Orleans to protect it from hurricanes. But is the system of levees high enough? And can any defense ultimately protect a city that is perpetually sinking—in some areas at a rate of half an inch per year?

Subject Headings: Creep | Storms

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