Aug 3, 2011 9:30 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Members of the Army Corps of Engineers, the subject of emotional criticism after Hurricane Katrina, have won several agency awards.
The corps in New Orleans says its team was given awards at an agency summer conference Monday. A corps news release said the team won the awards for the "hard work" and "professional excellence ... to reduce risk for the people of the Greater New Orleans area."
New Orleans corps staff won awards for work done after Katrina. John Hess was honored as the program manager overseeing $14.6 billion in work and Kevin Wagner was honored as a project manager for his oversight of a massive floodgate and floodwall structure being built to protect New Orleans and the suburbs on the West Bank of the Mississippi.