Lt. General Russel Honore (US Army retired), Marylee Orr (LEAN), Sandy Rosenthal (Levees.org) and Shauna Sanford (LPB)
Today, Sandy Rosenthal of Levees.org teams up with the man credited with restoring order to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Retired Lt. General Russel Honore along with Marylee Orr with LEAN say they will fight through blood, sweat and tears to improve the state’s environment.
See them tonight with Shauna Sanford on LPB at 7 p.m. to talk about the General’s call to action, the status of the lawsuit against 97 oil companies and environmental legislation that they are going to pursue during the legislative session.
Updated: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 11:59 a.m.
H.J. Bosworth, Jr. discusses the breach of the 17th Street Canal with visitors from The Netherlands studying government warnings of flood risk. Photo/Sandy Rosenthal
Today, at the breach site of the 17th Street Canal, Sandy Rosenthal and H.J. Bosworth Jr, met with a group of Government Trainees (taking part in a 2-year Young Professional Programme) from the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment from the Netherlands.
The group is here to broadly study the flood protection that New Orleans has been conducting since the 2005 flooding crisis. They will visit different organizations and investigate what lessons to take home to the Netherlands. Dale Morris from the Dutch embassy in Washington is accompanying them.
Specifically, Rosenthal and Bosworth discussed risk communication from a government perspective and the amount of self-reliance among citizens. The Trainees say they are “convinced that the Netherlands can learn a lot from the US experiences and we are very much looking forward to discuss the subject with different people.”
In 1889, after several days of rain, a badly maintained dam broke in Johnstown, PA. The deluge destroyed the town and killed 2,209 people. No one blames the rain.
In 1912, the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank drowning more than 1,500 people. The Titanic had ignored heavy ice warnings and had too few lifeboats. No one blames the iceberg.
In 2005, poorly built levees broke in New Orleans and at least 1,600 died. Levees.org will say “mission accomplished” when, with regard to the catastrophic flooding during Katrina, no one blames the hurricane.