Big bill for levee upkeep comes to New Orleans
By the time the next hurricane season starts in June 2013, New Orleans will take control of much of a revamped protection system of gates, walls, and armored levees that the Army Corps of Engineers has spent about $12 billion building. The corps has about $1 billion worth of work left. Whether the infrastructure can hold is less in question than whether New Orleans can be trusted with the keys. It will take $38 million a year to operate.