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Katrina flooding St. Bernard ParishAfter a 19 day bench trial, on Wednesday evening a federal judge ruled in favor of six plaintiffs seeking compensation against the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act for damages flowing from Hurricane Katrina.  The court ruled that the United States was liable because the flooding leading to the homeowners' damages was caused by negligent maintenance of a significant navigation channel by the US Army Corps of Engineers.  The total verdict was for under $750,000 for the six plaintiffs; however, the result exposes the United States to liability claims for many other claimants who resided in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish.