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In the City of New Orleans, the storm surge caused greater than 50 breaches in water drainage canal dams and in navigational canal dams and precipitated the worst engineering catastrophe in the past history of the United States. By August 31, 2005, 80 % of New Orleans was swamped, with some components under 15 feet (4.6 m) of water. The popular French Quarter evaded the substantial flooding experienced in other dam locations. A lot of the city's levees made as well as created by the United States Military Corps of Engineers broke somewhere, consisting of the 17th Street Canal dam, the Industrial Canal dam, as well as the Greater london Method Canal floodwall. These violations accountabled for most of the flooding, according to a June 2007 report by the American Culture of Civil Engineers. Oil refining was stopped in the area, boosting oil rates worldwide.
Between 80 and 90 percent of the locals of New Orleans were evacuated safely in time prior to the storm struck, bearing witness several of the success of the evacuation measures. Despite this, several stayed in the city, mainly those which did not have access to personal cars or that were separated from the dissemination of news from the local governments. The Louisiana Superdome was used to house and also assist a few of those who were unable to evacuate. Television shots often focused on the Superdome as a sign of the flooding taking place in New Orleans.
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