Federal attorneys in New Orleans to discuss Katrina damages

Published: May. 6, 2015 at 12:22 PM CDT|Updated: May. 6, 2015 at 12:24 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A closed-door meeting will be held Tuesday to discuss how much the federal government will have to pay for Hurricane Katrina damages.

Attorneys for the federal government will sit down with St. Bernard and Washington parish officials to discuss the damages.

Last week, a federal judge in Washington ruled that federal authorities are liable for some of the flooding following Hurricane Katrina. The flooding is blamed on the now-closed Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, creating catastrophic flooding that led to the loss of property and human life.

The judge deemed that the federal government is liable for damage to some private property caused by flooding.

"The Corps of Engineers is going to appeal this until the cows come home," legal analyst Joe Raspanti said. "It's going to be years before anybody changes hands. But I think it's at least a good sign that somebody is starting to recognize that this is a man-made disaster, not a natural disaster here."

Friday's ruling follows a 2005 lawsuit that focuses on the MRGO – the navigation canal built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and blamed for flooding in St. Bernard and New Orleans.

See the 74 page ruling here: http://shout.lt/2WTs

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