The repaired Industrial Canal levee wall in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward is green with new turf in July 2006 (top).
The U.S. government promised to return the city's levees to pre-Katrina conditions in time for the July 1 start of the 2006 hurricane season. That pledge was largely fulfilled, but the Bush White House says it is waiting for a December 2007 Army Corps of Engineers study before deciding whether to further strengthen the flood barriers, according to the Associated Press.
A school bus sat stranded near a breach in the same levee on September 12, 2005 (bottom). The embankments were built to endure Category Three storms, yet several crumbled after Katrina's Category Three assault, perhaps as a result of poor design and construction.