Compliance with the Standard of Care: Hurricane Katrina Canal Breaches in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward

by Patrick C. Lucia, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Adjunct professor in the Geotechnical Engineering Department at the University of California at Davis. Additionally, he serves as an outside director for Haley & Aldrich, Inc., Boston, MA, and for SAGE Engineers, Roseville, CA.

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2018, Vol. 22, Issue 4, Pg. 41-46, 48

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Hurricane Katrina Canal Breaches in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. On August 29, 2005, more than 50 levees and flood walls failed to protect New Orleans, LA, during Hurricane Katrina, one of the most devastating storms to ever hit the U.S. mainland. Among the failures, two major breaches of the flood wall occurred on the east side of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC), which protects the Lower 9th Ward (Figure 1). The breaches were designated the "North Breach" at the site of the former Boland Marine area, and the "South Breach" at the location of the former Saucer Marine area.

Subject Headings: Hurricanes and typhoons | Canals | Levees and dikes | Floods | Storms | Failure analysis | Structural failures | Ports and harbors | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States


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