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US attorneys to appeal judge's Katrina flooding ruling

US to appeal judge's finding that federal government is responsible for some Katrina flooding

US attorneys to appeal judge's Katrina flooding ruling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Federal attorneys plan to appeal a judge's ruling that the U.S. government is responsible for some of the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other storms -- flooding blamed on a now-closed navigation channel.

They filed a notice of appeal Friday evening.

Last May, Judge Susan Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington ruled the flooding constituted a "taking" of property for which people must be compensated. Plaintiffs in the case include the government of coastal St. Bernard Parish, adjacent to New Orleans.

Braden ruled in a 2005 lawsuit that focused on the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet -- a navigation channel built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and blamed by many for flooding in St. Bernard and New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward.


Updated : 2021-09-22 14:54 GMT+08:00