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Perilous Place, Powerful Storms: Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana

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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. In Perilous Place, Powerful Storms, Craig E. 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.

Hurricane Betsy in 1965 provided the impetus for Congress to approve unprecedented hurricane protection for the New Orleans area. Army Engineers swiftly outlined a monumental barrier network that would not only safeguard the city at the time but also provide for substantial growth. Scheduled for completion in 1978, the project encountered a host of frustrating delays. From newly imposed environmental requirements to complex construction challenges, to funding battles, to disputes over proper structures, the buffer envisioned for southeast Louisiana remained incomplete forty years later as Hurricane Katrina bore down on the city.

As Colten reveals, the very remedies intended to shield the city ultimately contributed immensely to the residents' vulnerability by encouraging sprawl into flood-prone territory that was already sinking within the ring of levees. Perilous Place, Powerful Storms illuminates the political, social, and engineering lessons of those who built a hurricane protection system that failed and serves as a warning for those guiding the recovery of post-Katrina New Orleans and Louisiana.

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A history of overreaching, gridlock, intrigue, and the final catastrophic results along America's most vulnerable coastline

About the Author

Craig E. Colten is the Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University. Among his previous publications are An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature and (with Elaine Yodis) The Geography of Louisiana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781604732382
Author:
Colten, Craig E.
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Author:
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Author:
olten, Craig E.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Flood control
Subject:
Disasters & Disaster Relief
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Subject:
Hurricane protection - Louisiana - Evaluation
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
Civil - Flood Control
Subject:
Nature; Environmental Science; Public Policy; Louisiana
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Louisiana
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Environment.
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26, 8 bandw illustrations, 18 maps
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Engineering » Civil Engineering » Flood Control
History and Social Science » Social Science » Disasters and Disaster Relief
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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