When tragedy hits, the Army Corps of Engineers has boots on the ground.

Kevin Wagner lost everything. Once the levees overflowed during Hurricane Katrina, water poured into his Chalmette home in lower Saint Bernard Parish, eventually climbing two to four inches above the eaves. Levels rose to six inches above the cabinets in his mother-in-law’s second-floor kitchen. His mother’s house did not fare any better.

>Read more of Operation Recovery, USA Today (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Special Edition)

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