It has been almost five years since the Gulf waters rose and created one of the worst social, environmental and engineering disasters in American history, all played out along the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts.

The fierce winds of Hurricane Katrina roiled the waters, slamming against the outdated canal levees and causing more than 50 breaches.

No place was hit harder than New Orleans, which was 80% underwater within two days. The eventual death toll in the hurricane and subsequent floods reached 1,836 people; property damage was estimated at more than $80 billion…

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