Suit seeks to halt New Orleans levee work
NEW ORLEANS - A lawsuit is threatening to slow down or even halt work to strengthen a canal that broke catastrophically during Hurricane Katrina.
Homeowners with backyards along the 17th Street Canal filed a civil suit in state court on Jan. 5 to stop the work because they claim that they own the land where the work will take place and that they have not been compensated for damage to their properties.
The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin work soon to strengthen the floodwall and levee along the 17th Street Canal.
In the suit, seven families claim work crews would be trespassing. The suit stems from a dispute over whether backyards along the canal are part of the state's right of way or private
land. So far, homeowners have lost their case in state court.