A federal judge ruled in favor of plaintiffs asserting that the massive flooding during Hurricane Katrina was caused by the negligence of the Army Corps of Engineers.
New Orleans (WiredPRNews.com) – A U.S. District Judge ruled in favor of plaintiffs who alleged that negligence of the Army Corps of Engineers contributed to the massive flooding in Hurricane Katrina. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), some suggest that Wednesday’s ruling by Judge Stanwood Duval has opened the door for billions of dollars in potential claims to be brought against the federal government.
As noted by the AP, Duval awarded $720,000 to the plaintiffs in damages for the Army Corps’ alleged inadequate maintenance of a navigation channel. Tanya Smith, a plaintiff in the case, is quoted in the report as stating, “Total devastation could possibly have been avoided if something had been done… A lot of this stuff was preventable and they turned a deaf ear to it.”
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