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2011-05-15 00:02:29

The Pontchartrain Levee District has contracted with Sentinel Barriers of Fort Myers, Fla., and AmeriGlobe of Lafayette in a joint venture to provide materials for temporary levees as the Mississippi River is expected to crest in the coming days. Sentinel Barriers will provide two miles of sand-filled levees with its patent-pending TrapBag® container barrier system to prevent the river from flooding the area. http://www.trapbag.com Pontchartrain, LA (PRWEB) May 14, 2011 The...

2010-08-27 10:07:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today, ahead of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which falls on Sunday: "Five years ago, America watched Hurricane Katrina tear through homes, communities, and neighborhoods across the Gulf Coast. This natural disaster decimated New Orleans and other cities and towns, destroyed buildings, and displaced local families. When the levees fell, a human tragedy emerged - a story of...

2008-09-03 06:00:02

By Adam Nossiter, Damien Cave, Kareem Fahim and James Barron Shaila Dewan contributed reporting from New Orleans; Eric Lipton and Steven Lee Myers from Washington; Thayer Evans from Lafayette, Louisiana; Staci Semrad from San Antonio, Texas; James C. McKinley Jr. from Lake Charles, Louisiana; and James Barron, Anahad O'Connor and Wil Moss from New York. * This nearly deserted city appeared to have escaped threats of full-scale devastation when Hurricane Gustav came ashore 70 miles to...

2008-09-01 09:00:02

By Stacey Plaisance and Becky Bohrer Associated Press NEW ORLEANS -- With a historic evacuation of nearly 2 million people from the Louisiana coast complete, gun-toting police and National Guardsmen stood watch as rain started to fall on this city's empty streets Sunday night -- and even presidential politics took a back seat as the nation waited to see if Hurricane Gustav would be another Katrina. The storm was set to crash ashore today with frightful force, testing the three years of...

2006-08-29 19:08:27

By Peter Henderson and Matt Daily NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans residents marched through their battered city on Tuesday, marking the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with tributes to rescue workers and the dead and calls to bring home those still dispersed by the storm. President Bush arrived for a memorial service and said he took "full responsibility" for the federal government's slow response to the nation's most damaging natural disaster, promising to do better next...

2006-08-26 15:52:26

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Louisiana's governor on Saturday said the state could not rest easy as Tropical Storm Ernesto churned through the Caribbean with the potential to strengthen and land in New Orleans around the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. "Our entire coast is on alert," Gov. Kathleen Blanco told a news conference during which she praised the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a year's worth of hard work fixing broken levees but acknowledged the...

2006-08-24 18:15:56

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pledged on Thursday to seek more outside review of its work and to better explain the risks and benefits of projects aimed at avoiding a repeat of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy. The Corps took responsibility in June for the failure of levees it built over a 40-year period in New Orleans, which led to the flooding of 80 percent of the city. About 1,500 people in four states were killed, according to the National Hurricane...

2006-08-02 14:19:37

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans cast a wary eye toward tropical storm Chris on Wednesday and put the final touches on a reaction plan that could empty the city which last evacuated after Hurricane Katrina. "I'm scared to go through another one," said forklift driver Inos Jones, 50, who stayed through Katrina last August until he was rescued. "If they have another hurricane, you can just shut Louisiana for good." The National Hurricane Center projected that the center of Chris...

2006-07-27 10:02:07

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Flood defenses meant to protect New Orleans from hurricanes could lock rain in the city and put some areas 5 feet under water during a tropical storm, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Wednesday. The Corps is responsible for rebuilding the city's shield against storms after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans last August, killing 1,336 on the Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. The Army released maps on...

2006-04-05 20:13:18

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Residents of flooded homes and trailer parks near the central California town of Merced were allowed home on Wednesday after they were evacuated when two levee walls were breached and a creek overflowed amid heavy rain. State and local officials said nearly all the residents could return home after being evacuated on Tuesday, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the flood demonstrated the urgent need for the state government to bolster California's levee...


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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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