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Hurricane Katrina: U.S. gov’t liable for damage

A U.S. judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers was negligent inmaintaining a key navigational channel in New Orleans and was liablefor some damage caused by massive flooding from Hurricane Katrina in2005.

A U.S. judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers was negligent in maintaining a key navigational channel in New Orleans and was liable for some damage caused by massive flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

It was the first time a U.S. court has found the federal government directly responsible for some of the damage caused on Aug. 29, 2005, when Katrina flooded 80 percent of New Orleans and caused about $80 billion in damage.

If upheld, the ruling could set a precedent for thousands of other plaintiffs to sue the government for billions of dol--lars in damages.

 
 
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