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Levee Failure


Levee Failure Hurricane Katrina Victims Lawsuits

Levee Failure | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Injury, Property Damages | Litigation Group, Hurricane Katrina, Victims

Parker & Waichman, LLP is proud to be a part of the Levee Litigation Group, a team of leading plaintiffs lawyers that are seeking justice for thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina. Levee Litigation Group is representing people who have been injured, lost property or lost employment as a direct result of flooding caused by levee and other barrier failures.

On June 1, 2006, the Army Corps of Engineers took responsibility for the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. A 6,000 page-plus report on the tragedy, prepared by the 150-member Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force assembled and headed by the Corps, said the flooding was a result of failed levees which were built in a disjointed fashion using outdated methods. The report concluded that the levees were inconsistent in quality, materials and design and that the inconsistencies left gaps that were exploited by the storm. Engineers did not take into account the poor soil quality underneath New Orleans, the report said, and their failure to account for the sinking of land caused some sections to be as much as two feet lower than other parts. The report also blamed four breaches in canals that run through New Orleans on foundation failures that were not considered in the original design of these structures. These breaches caused two-thirds of the flooding in New Orleans.

This report followed a critical report by the Independent Levee Investigation Team which was made up of experts from the University of California at Berkeley. These investigators concluded that the devastation Katrina inflicted on New Orleans was caused by the failure of the system, calling it “unfinished” and “impotent.” The group said that floodwalls failed because they weren't built safely enough to begin with, and that some levees washed away, not because they were first overpowered by a storm surge, but because they were improperly built of sandy soils that the powerful storm surge ate through before overtopping occurred. The group was highly critical of the Army Corps of Engineers, calling them “dysfunctional” and “unreliable.” The team stated, " New Orleans flooded not so much because there was a hurricane, but because of human error, poor decisions and judgments, and failed policies.”

Levee Litigation Group Can Help You If:

  • You or a loved one was injured as a result of Katrina flooding
  • Your property was lost or damaged as a result of Katrina flooding
  • You lost permanently or temporarily lost employment as a result of Katrina flooding
  • You incurred moving costs and other relocation fees as a result of Katrina flooding.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Levee Failure

Hurricane Katrina damaged 169 miles of the 350-mile hurricane system that protects New Orleans and was blamed for more than 1,570 deaths and $100-$200 billion in property damage in Louisiana alone. Levee Litigation Group is representing individuals who suffered physical and psychological injuries, death of family members, property damage and lost wages as a result of flood damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. For more information on Levee Litigation Group, please visit or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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First MRGO Hurricane Katrina Flood Trial A Big Win For Plaintiffs

Nov 19, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
A major Hurricane Katrina flooding trial ended with a win for plaintiffs yesterday, as  a federal judge ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' failure to properly maintain the Mississippi River Gulf Coast Outlet (known popularly as MRGO) was partly to blame for the flooding that followed the historic storm.Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr's. landmark decision awarded over $719,000 to four different sets of  plaintiffs.  However, the ruling could set a precedent for over 400,000...

Impact of Mr. GO At Center of Landmark Hurricane Katrina Trial

Apr 21, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
A landmark trial to determine the governments' liability for Hurricane Katrina flooding began this week in federal court in New Orleans.  The lawsuit blames the Army Corps of Engineers for much of the destructive flooding that occurred in New Orleans during the historic storm.  The plaintiffs in the lawsuit - six hurricane survivors - claim the Corps was negligent in building and maintaining the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, allowing Katrina’s storm surge to flood parts of New...

Katrina Lawsuit Against Army Corps of Engineers Will Proceed

Mar 23, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
A U.S. District Court Judge has ruled that a group of Louisiana residents whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina can proceed with a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit claims the Corps is responsible for the homes' destruction because it failed to maintain a levy along the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, allowing Katrina's storm surge to flood parts of New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish through that waterway.The Hurricane...

Hurricane Katrina Levee Failure Victims Seek Billions from Army Corps of Engineers

Jan 10, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
Hurricane Katrina lawsuits filed against the Army Corps of Engineers could cost the Corps big.  So far, just shy of a half million claims have been filed against the Army Corps of Engineers for the damages caused by the breeching of levees it maintained in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.  Of those, 247 are seeking damages of $1 billion or more, and one claimant is seeking more than $3 quadrillion from the Army Corps of Engineers over its poorly maintained levees.On June 1,...

Trial set for Katrina lawsuit against Allstate

Apr 9, 2007 | AP
After Hurricane Katrina demolished Robert and Merryl Weiss' home, the couple were paid hundred of thousands of dollars by their insurance company. But they say it isn't enough. Jury selection was to start Monday in the Weisses' lawsuit against Allstate Insurance Co., only the second Katrina insurance case to be tried so far in a Louisiana federal court. Allstate and other insurers say their policies cover a hurricane's wind but not its rising water. Hundreds of homeowners in Louisiana and...

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