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Perilous place, powerful storms : hurricane protection in coastal Louisiana

Author: Craig E Colten
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. Here, 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.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Craig E Colten
ISBN: 9781604732382 1604732385
OCLC Number: 267054096
Description: x, 195 pages : illustrations, maps (some color) ; 24 cm
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.
Responsibility: Craig E. Colten.

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"We all gamble with nature, Louisianans more so than most. Colten shows that the danger to New Orleans is beyond the 'dam-it, ditch-it' traditions that protect its wetlands from floods. Blaming Read more...

 
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