NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A judge in Washington has ruled that federal authorities are liable for some of the catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other storms - flooding blamed on a now-closed navigation channel.
How much the government will have to pay in damages is unclear. Judge Susan Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington set a hearing for next Wednesday in New Orleans to determine whether an agreement can be reached to have damages assessed by a mediator.
Friday's ruling came in a 2005 lawsuit that focuses on the now-closed Mississippi River Gulf Outlet - a navigation canal built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and blamed by many for flooding in St. Bernard Parish and New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward following Katrina.
You can see the 74 page ruling here: http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wvue/documents/katrina-ruling.pdf