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August 31, 2023

18 years after Katrina levee breach, group wants future engineers to learn from past mistakes

  • Levees.org says having better-educated engineers would help make sure that projects such as levees, bridges or skyscrapers can withstand everything from natural disasters to everyday use
  • By The Associated Press

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    Sandy Rosenthal, founder and director of Levees.org, in 2012 stands near a section of old levee wall in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans. AP

    Future engineers need a greater understanding of past failures — and how to avoid repeating them — a Louisiana-based nonprofit said to mark Tuesday's 18th anniversary of the deadly, catastrophic levee breaches that inundated most of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

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