The Army Corps of Engineers broke ground Thursday on a 2-mile-long floodwall across canals that funneled Hurricane Katrina's storm surge into greater New Orleans.
The $695 million project calls for building a barrier near where the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway meets the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, to keep storm surge out of the gulf outlet and the Industrial Canal.
The navigation canal carried Katrina's storm surge into the 9th Ward, washing houses from their foundations. The gulf outlet is blamed for flooding in St. Bernard Parish and eastern New Orleans three years ago.
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