Levee failure expert on Oroville Spillway disaster

J. David Rogers is a hero in New Orleans.

The levee expert from Missouri did the honorable thing two years ago when he retracted a wrong conclusion contained in a NSF-funded levee investigation report.

FACT: The levees failed mainly due to a mistake the Army Corps made in the 1980s when interpreting the results of a levee load test study.

Dr. Rogers is a highly sought after expert and was asked to review a report on the Oroville Dam Spillway disaster in Butte County, California. His conclusion was remarkably similar to his conclusion about the Army Corps of Engineers levees which failed during Hurricane Katrina.

The design problems in the intact portion of the spillway are so “gross and obvious” they will have to take priority this year, said Dr. Rogers. He goes on to say the problems were so egregious he was surprised the spillway didn’t fail decades ago.

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In America, the first amendment is alive and well


This week, the Supreme Court of Massachusetts ruled in favor of two people who stood up to Big Business.

Cherri Foytlin and Karen Savage wrote a blog post asking questions about a company they thought was too soft on Big Oil after the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. That company – Cardno ChemRisk – sued them for defamation. The company lost and now must pay the legal fees.

These ladies’ victory is evidence that US citizens can win – even against corporate attorneys with fat wallets.

Levees.org should know. Because this same thing happened to the group not long ago.

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Why did the levees fail during Hurricane Katrina? Where’s why.

Founder Sandy Rosenthal prepared this power point for Rosalind Blanco Cook’s autumn semester 2015 class at Tulane University on the subject of the “Politics of Hurricane Katrina.” It’s Levees.org’s pleasure to share it publicly for everyone to see. Because everyone deserves to know.

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