The Orleans Levee Board had no idea that maintenance of the levees was its responsibility. In fact we find out that a local contractor had blocked access for the Corps of Engineers to the breach in the 17th St. Canal to do repairs.
Now I'm not a lawyer, but can charges be brought to the members of the Levee Board for misfeasance of office?
CORRECTION: It was not a contractor but a levee board official:
a report that the Army Corps of Engineers was blocked by a local levee official from trying to fill breaches in the London Avenue Canal.