In interviews, some local managers disputed their "unacceptable" ratings, saying their levees were sound, if not perfect.Bill Sheppard, assistant chief engineer for the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board, noted that none of its levees failed during severe flooding in spring of 2011. "Our system works," he said. "Does it have components that need to be fixed after this flood? Absolutely. But if you look at the levee evaluation reports, you'd think, 'Oh Lord, run for the hills.'"
AP IMPACT: Deficient Levees Found Across America
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