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Author Colten, Craig E.

Title Perilous place, powerful storms : hurricane protection in coastal Louisiana / Craig E. Colten
Published Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 195 pages) : illustrations, maps (some color)
Contents Introduction -- City at risk -- Season of the storms -- Lake Pontchartrain and vicinity hurricane protection, 1970-1990 -- Protecting the Delta, the West Bank, and the coast -- Developments to the eve of Katrina, 1990-2005 -- Conclusions
Summary The hurricane protection systems that failed New Orleans when Katrina roared on shore in 2005 were the product of four decades of engineering hubris, excruciating delays, and social conflict. In Perilous Place, Powerful Storms, Craig E. Colten traces the protracted process of erecting massive structures designed to fend off tropical storms and examines how human actions and inactions left the system incomplete on the eve of its greatest challenge. Hurricane Betsy in 1965 provided the impetus for Congress to approve unprecedented hurricane protection for the New Orleans area
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-186) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Flood control -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Evaluation.
Hurricane Katrina, 2005.
Hurricane protection -- Louisiana -- Evaluation.
Levees -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History.
Levees -- Mississippi River.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008047085
ISBN 128248592X
1604732385 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1604733454 (electronic bk.)
9781604732382 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781604733457 (electronic bk.)