It was called Levee Board Reform, and it made the Governor-appointed individuals on the pre-Katrina levee boards look – wrongly – like they were responsible for the deadly flooding on August 29, 2005.
Media never reported that Louisiana was the very first state in the nation to require experts in flood control on its local levee boards. Or that Louisiana had to write the legislation from scratch because no models existed in the entire country to use as a starting point.
In fact, Louisiana is a model for the United States. Shortly after the impressive voter turnout, California followed suit and voted on a historic package of Flood Bills that put requirements on professional backgrounds of its board members similar to those in Louisiana.
And with the majority of the American population living in counties protected by levees, its likely that more states will join Louisiana’s example.
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