Timed for 11th anniversary of Federal Flood, Levees.org releases compelling video

Even now, there is still one last and very hurtful myth still lurking 11 years after the flooding in New Orleans during Katrina.

Fed up with this stubborn and erroneous piece of conventional wisdom, we have created this 3-minute video.

Timed for the 11th anniversary of the 2005 flooding, this video puts a dagger into a victim-blaming myth – that the pre-Katrina Orleans Levee Board neglected to properly inspect and maintain the levees.

Please watch this 3-minute video. Then please send to your family and friends.

Narrated by H.J. Bosworth, Jr. Thanks to Dan Poulin who kindly loaned his Ferrari. American flag art by Stanford Rosenthal. Filmed and edited by Ralph Madison.

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Could better inspections have saved New Orleans during Katrina?

Complexity of urban flood protection systems in terms of cost, total population and value of property protected, and infrastructure investment.

Complexity of urban flood protection systems in terms of cost, total population and value of property protected, and infrastructure investment.

The Greater New Orleans urban flood protection system has no peer. On a scale of one to ten, if the GNO system were a ten, the next closest – Cape Girardeau, Missouri – would be a three.

And appropriately, for a system of this scope, each project in the $14.5 billion GNO system has – or soon will have – a highly detailed Operation and Maintenance, Repair Replacement and Rehabilitation Manual (OMRR&R).

The Army Corps of Engineers writes the guidelines. The local levee districts and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Agency (CPRA) administer them. Nothing is left to chance for this, the most complex urban system in the nation in terms of cost, total population and value of property protected, and infrastructure investment.

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Now, it’s our turn to help

Volunteers arranged through Connie Uddo plant native flowers at the Levee Exhibit Hall and Rain Garden. Photo/Kenneth Evans July 9, 2015

Volunteers arranged through Connie Uddo plant native flowers and prepare soil for sod at the Levee Exhibit Hall and Rain Garden. Photo/Kenneth Evans July 9, 2015

When the survivors of the 2005 levee breaches needed help, Louisiana residents outside the flooded region were there.

Now, it’s our turn.

Many groups are providing flood relief, and we’re grateful for them all.

For those looking for a recommendation, the board of Levees.org suggests volunteering with or donating to NOLA Tree Project.

The group’s founder Connie Uddo has 10 years of disaster recovery experience working in post-Katrina New Orleans. Ms. Uddo’s group provided dozens of hours of volunteer labor to plant greenery for Levees.org’s Memorial Rain Garden.

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