Action Alert: Tell the USACE to put its levee report back online for public viewing

The Army Corps of Engineers has quietly removed its Katrina levee investigation (IPET) report from its website.

The levee breach event of August 2005 was the worst civil engineering disaster in US history, yet the corps has shut down its IPET report webpage.

Cover page of Army Corps of Engineers 7,500-page levee investigation report

The reports from other major governmental investigations are still easily available on federal websites:

9/11 Commission (Sept 2001),
Oklahoma City Bombing (April 1995),
Waco Siege (April 1993),
World Trade Center bombing (February 1993)
and Ruby Ridge (August 1992)

But as of today, one can access the IPET report only by going to an LSU website, and only the final report and appendices can be accessed. 

The IPET webpage that the Army Corps of Engineers shut down included all previous interim versions, all the basic information they used, all the appendices, and all the original drawings of the outfall canals.

This is unacceptable. The survivors deserve better. 

Levees.org invites its supporters and the public at large to click on the LINK below and demand that the Army Corps of Engineers restore the IPET report to its website.

https://leveesorg.salsalabs.org/itep_petition/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=5bf777de-ea80-4999-af49-5df2a9fec982

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Gray Line Tours donates to Levees.org’s Flooded House Museum and Levee Exhibit

Gray Line Tours has just announced a donation program associated with its Hurricane Katrina tour which visits our Flooded House Museum and our Levee Exhibit & Garden.

Sandy Rosenthal at the Flooded House Museum and the Levee Exhibit Hall & Garden. Photo/Cheryl Gerber

Each Hurricane Katrina tour participant can select one of five non-profit groups.

We are proud to learn that Gray Line has selected Levees.org as well as Lowernine.org, Habitat for Humanity, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the SPCA as donation recipients.

The donated funds will help maintain Levees.org’s two properties at 4918 and 5000 Warrington Drive in Gentilly.

Levees.org encourages its supporters to recommend Gray Line’s Hurricane Katrina tour for family and friends visiting from out of town. Each visitor comes away with new knowledge about the worst civil engineering disaster in US history.

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Founder Rosenthal on 300 yard spillway at Army Corps Headquarters on Mississippi River

UPDATE: New Orleans was spared a super-high river event because Tropical Storm Barry failed to organize quickly. But the question remains: why is there a 300-yard plus gap in the Mississippi River levee at the Army Corps of Engineers headquarters?
According to the National Levee Data Base, there is a 300-yard plus gap in the Mississippi River levee at the Army Corps of Engineers headquarters on Leake Avenue.
On Thursday, July 11, 2019, founder Sandy Rosenthal spoke to CBS Evening News about the danger this gap posed to the nearby Black Pearl neighborhood and to the main basin of New Orleans.
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