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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Army Corps of Engineers raised a potentially disastrous question for a maritime terminal operator called Lafarge North America. An enormous barge that should have been moored at a Lafarge terminal had been found bumping up against a house on the land side of the Mississippi River levee that protected New Orleans’s Ninth Ward. An Army Corps spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal that it was possible the barge had caused a breach in the levee, resulting in the flooding that devastated that area of the city.

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