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October 28, 2005 | Stephen Braun and Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writers
The president of the Orleans Levee Board, who played a key role in decisions about the construction of levees that failed during Hurricane Katrina, resigned Thursday amid allegations that he awarded contracts to relatives after the storm struck and collected $97,000 in questionable back pay in the weeks before the storm hit. James P. Huey, who had served as the board's president for nine years, submitted his resignation to Gov.
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December 25, 2005 | Stephen Braun and Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writers
When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New Orleans levee officials joined forces in July 1985 to protect the city from a long-feared hurricane, the two agencies could not agree on how to proceed. It was the beginning of a dysfunctional partnership that ushered in two decades of chronic government mismanagement. Corps engineers wanted to install gates in front of the city's three main internal canals to protect against violent storm surges from Lake Pontchartrain.
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