A levee, or levée, is a raised bank of a river.
'Levée' comes from the French verb lever, "to raise". Other names are 'floodbank' or 'stopbank'. It is a natural or artificial wall, usually earthen and often parallels the course of a river. The term "levee" came into English use in New Orleans circa 1672. It is known in Europe as a dike.
Other websites [change]
- Levees.Org (activist group in New Orleans to Hold the Corps Accountable)
- New Orleans and the Delta
- DeltaWorks.Org Project of levees, dams and barriers in the Netherlands
- Effort to rebuild New Orleans Levees to Category 5 Design (non-profit)
- Henry Petroski (2006), Levees and other raised ground, 94, American Scientist, pp. pp. 7-11