Half of New Orleans is at or well above sea level.
Source: Tulane and Xavier Universities
The reported drive-by levee inspections pre-Katrina were irrelevant in the catastrophic flooding in New Orleans.
- The United States District Court in Louisiana placed responsibility of the collapse of the 17th Street and London Avenue Canals squarely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Source: US District Court
John McQuaid: To label the 2005 New Orleans Flood a natural disaster is a distortion. And it is quite convenient for those who screwed up
Source: Forbes Magazine
- The federal government’s study of the failed levee system during Katrina was convened and managed by the agency responsible for its performance – the Army Corps of Engineers.
Source: US Army Corps of Engineers
The majority of the United States population lives in counties protected by levees.