New Or­leans, Louisiana

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“Mini Ka­t­rina”: New Or­leans suf­fered its worst floods for years last week, with large parts of the city cen­tre un­der wa­ter. Some res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hoods saw their worst flood­ing since the Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina dis­as­ter, with sev­eral feet of flood­wa­ter. Un­like the 2005 cri­sis, the floods were not caused by the fail­ure of the levee sys­tem to keep river and sea­wa­ter out, but the fail­ure of the city’s drainage sys­tem – a 20-mile chain of canals and pipes – to cope with a storm that dumped al­most ten inches of rain in a few hours.

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