Flood system: Stronger now; weaker than expectations Flood system: Stronger now; weaker than expectations Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling. Photo shot on 9/13/05 Still-flooded Lakeview area off 17th Street Canal levee breach (which is contained) Tuesday, Sept., 13 2005. Water levels are down, however. Experts: Government built new levees at lower standards Bob Marshall| The Lens May 26, 2014 Comments As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers puts the finishing touches on its enhanced $14.5 billion storm protection system for New Orleans, Corps and local officials see it as the best protection the city has ever had. But some engineers and storm experts familiar with the system’s history see something else. Something less. They see a system that after Hurricane Katrina was downgraded by Congress from one that had to be strong enough to repel the “most severe” storm to one that had only to qualify for flood insurance, a much lower standard. This story originally published by The Lens, an independent, nonprofit newsroom serving New Orleans. Continue reading full story here.