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Future of Hurricane Protection in New Orleans (2005)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-09-30

Duration: 00:06:06

Subjects: Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Hurricanes | Natural Disasters | Disaster response and recovery | United States. Army. Corps of Engineers | LEVEES | Hurricane protection | MISSISSIPPI RIVER | FLOODS


  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • LaBauve, Randy Producer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Crear, Robert Interviewee
  • Suhayda, Joseph N. Interviewee


This segment from the September 30, 2005, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Randy LaBauve’s report on the future of the hurricane protection levees in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. He talks to Brigadier General Robert Crear of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the massive storm surges that breached two levees during Hurricane Katrina and the Corps’ dedication to developing the best levee protection for New Orleans. LaBauve also speaks to Dr. Joseph N. Suhayda, a coastal hydrologist, about the New Orleans levees only being built to sustain a Category 3 hurricane and not a Category 4 hurricane like Hurricane Katrina, the differences between the Mississippi River levees and the hurricane protection levees, and the need for a variety of flood protection alternatives in the future. Hosts: Robyn Ekings and Charlie Whinham