FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2012 file photo, a flood gauge sticks out of the water near a newly built section of the 17th Street Canal in New Orleans. By the time the next hurricane season

 

              FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2012 file photo, a flood gauge sticks out of the water near a newly built section of the 17th Street Canal in New Orleans. By the time the next hurricane season
FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2012 file photo, a flood gauge sticks out of the water near a newly built section of the 17th Street Canal in New Orleans. By the time the next hurricane season starts in June 2013, New Orleans will take control of much of a revamped protection system of gates, walls and armored levees the Army Corps of Engineers has spent about $12 billion building. The corps has about $1 billion worth of work left. Engineers consider it a Rolls Royce of flood protection, comparable to systems in seaside European cities such as Venice and Rotterdam. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)