Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 34

Levees

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 30, 2006 on The History Channel
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Levees
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From collapsing floodwalls in New Orleans to high-tech mechanical storm surge barriers in Europe, we'll explore the 2,500-year history of keeping rivers and tides at bay by erecting levees.
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      • The popular American folk song, "I've Been Workin' on the Railroad," was actually derived from an Irish fold song called "I've Been Workin' on the Levee."

      • During the 1953 flood disaster in the Netherlands, a riverboat owner plugged a breach in a dike by navigating his ship into the opening, sparing two provinces from catastrophic flooding.

      • On a foggy morning in 1997, a dredger plowed in to one of the main gates of the Thames River Barrier. The 350 foot ship sank, but the barrier suffered no operational damage.

      • During a 1927 flood along the Mississippi River, officials dynamited a levee south of New Orleans to stave of flooding in the city. The resulting flood destroyed thousands of homes in adjacent parishes.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: It's man vs nature in a battle to hold back water. Massive earthen structures hundreds of miles long and monumental feats of engineering know how. Vitally important though often taken for granted, until disaster strikes. Now, Levees, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Commentators:

        Jeffrey Mount, PhD
        Director, Watershed Sciences, UC Davis

        Robert Bea, PhD
        Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

        Jason Fanselau
        USACE Chief of Public Affairs, Sacramento

        Stan Wallin
        USACE Project Manager, Sacramento

        Ted Sluijter
        Spokesman, Delta Project

        Peter Persoon
        Tech. Press Officer, Maeslant Barrier

        Koen Olthuis
        Architect, Waterstudio

        Bill Seabergh
        USACE Research Hydraulic Engineer

        Dr. Reed Mosher, USACE
        Survivability & Protective Structures

        Duke Ducarpe
        USACE Quality Assurance Representative

        Caas Katen
        Construction Supervisor, Amphibious House

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