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levee

a raised embankment along a watercourse which may occur naturally through sedimentation during overflow of the channel or may be man-made to prevent flooding.
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The reported levee breach submerged the four northern New Jersey towns with five to six feet of water around 4:34 a.
While the Cedar River ebbed in hard-hit Cedar Rapids, a levee breach in the state capital of Des Moines flooded a neighbourhood of more than 200 homes, a high school and about three dozen businesses.
Intersect technology would minimize downhole pressures, reducing the risk for a levee breach.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals looked to dictionary definitions of the term "flood" to conclude that it included a flood resulting from a levee breach.
Although the facility itself was not flooded as a result of the nearby levee breach, the buildings suffered extensive roof damage, which allowed rainwater to get inside the walls of the building causing widespread mold and water damage.
Clean water has been a major concern, and although there are challenges with the water infrastructure, water is available and potable in all areas of the city, except "a small area located near where the levee breach occurred in the lower 9th Ward," he says.