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.
The majority of the United States population lives in counties protected by levees.
- 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
- 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
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.
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