The S&WB flooding of August 5 is similar to the Army Corps of Engineers’ flooding of August 29. In both cases, we had agencies with centuries of experience that we trusted. After the levees failed, Levees.org made sure the levee investigation was unbiased, thorough and transparent. Twelve years later, we’re doing the same thing regarding the ‘root cause analysis’ of the S&WB. And we congratulate WWL TV for initiating its own investigation.
- 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 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 reported drive-by levee inspections pre-Katrina were irrelevant in the catastrophic flooding in New Orleans.
The majority of the United States population lives in counties protected by levees.
Half of New Orleans is at or well above sea level.
Source: Tulane and Xavier Universities
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