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Apparently they never had rodents in NO prior to Katrina.

I don't know about Nevada rats, but New Orleans rats are too busy eating grain and whatnot in the warehouses along the Mississippi River levees to be eating away at them.

The canal levees that broke in New Orleans were simply not well enough constructed to withstand the storm surge in Lake Pontchartrain.

During all the years that I lived in New Orleans, the worst case scenario was said to be a storm coming straight up the river and the strong winds on the east side of the storm pushing water from the Gulf into Lake Bourne and Lake Pontchartrain.

Well, Katrina didn't come straight up the river, but it did fill Lake Ponchartrain to the point that two canal levees failed and, as everyone has seen, the consequences definitely qualified as a "worst case scenario."
 
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