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California's Katrina

California's Katrina

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50 min.
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A & E Entertainment
The floods that destroyed so much of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina showed how fragile levee systems can be. Now, experts believe a devastating flood could also strike Sacramento. The levees that are supposed to protect the area from two rivers could fail and a 250-mile area could become an inland sea. By revisiting the Katrina disaster, we witness what happens when a city floods. We follow investigators in New Orleans trying to determine what caused the levees to fail, and hear reports from those who struggled to save the levees and repair them afterwards. A catastrophic failure of the Sacramento levee system would be similar to the New Orleans disaster, but it could be worse. If those levees fail, thousands of lives would be in jeopardy and the devastation could extend beyond the Sacramento delta. A levee break would suck in salt water from the San Francisco Bay, fouling California's water supply and destroying one of the world's most important agricultural areas.

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