By November 2006 only 40,000 residents had returned to New Orleans East, compared to the 96,000 that had
inhabited the area before the levee failures.
After seven years of planning, the New Orleans District produced an Interim Survey Report, which was
transmitted by the Secretary of the Army to the U.S. Congress in November 1962. This report outlined a comprehensive plan
for preventing flooding in the greater New Orleans area from a Standard Project Hurricane, which is a hypothetical hurricane
representing the most severe combination of hurricane parameters that is reasonably characteristic of the area.