September 1, 2008 7:06 PM

The levees held, thanks to reconstruction and a gentler Gustav

Through the morning of Hurricane Gustav and into afternoon rainstorms, city and state officials watched nervously — but optimistically — as waters lapped against the area's hurricane protection system. Even when all appeared well, nobody was quite willing to declare the all-clear. But by late afternoon, all evidence indicated that the area's levee system had held.

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