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Army Corps ruled not liable for ‘flawed’ levees in Katrina

NEW ORLEANS — The Army Corps of Engineers built a ‘‘tragically flawed’’ levee system for New Orleans — but is not liable for claims that excavation work by a government contractor weakened a floodwall and caused it to breach in two places during Hurricane Katrina, a federal judge has ruled.

US District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. said he cannot hold the corps or its contractor, Washington Group International Inc., responsible for the 2005 failure of a floodwall meant to protect the city’s Lower 9th Ward and neighboring St. Bernard Parish.

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