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Posted: Monday, 13 January 2014 7:42AM

Jefferson Parish Katrina flooding trial set to begin

Years after Hurricane Katrina, a lawsuit blaming Jefferson government for flooding in Metairie and Kenner is scheduled to begin in a Gretna courtroom. 

As Hurricane Katrina threatened the Louisiana in August 2005, Jefferson parish activated its so-called "doomsday plan," which included sending the crews that operate pumping stations up to Washington Parish. A significant portion of east Jefferson flooded, and many homeowners were furious, especially since hindsight seemed to indicate the evacuation pump operators was unnecessary.

Today, a lawsuit filed by homeowners against the parish is set to begin.  Officially, the parish has never acknowledged that evacuating pump operators contributed to the flood. Once a jury is selected, they will hear from expert witnesses and parish officials.

One parish officials they won't hear from, at least not in person: then-parish president Aaron Broussard.  Broussard is serving time in federal prison and is not scheduled to testify.  Instead, jurors are likely to see video of a deposition with Broussard, taken in 2007.

Broussard said his own home in Kenner flooded as a result of Hurricane Katrina's rainfall.


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