Corps: Levees should hold in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers says the federal flood protection system that protects New Orleans should hold up as Hurricane Gustav hits west of the city.

Spokesman Rene Poche (poh-SHAY') said Monday the Corps doesn't expect any storm surge flooding. The report came as other officials around New Orleans offered early reports that levees were holding.

The water was rising in the city's Industrial Canal, occasionally splashing up against the edge. But St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro said the water is being contained by the flood walls along the canal.

Levee experts cautioned against celebrating early, since early reports during hurricanes Katrina and Betsy mistakenly said flooding was not a problem. A hurricane's winds can push surge shoreward for hours after a hurricane makes landfall.

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