There is a myth that $110 billion was devoted entirely to New Orleans for after the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina. But according to Brookings Institution, federal allocations supported responses to three hurricanes (Wilma, Rita and Katrina) that struck the Gulf Coast in the fall of 2005. Further, the aid was to all five states between Florida and Texas. There is also general assumption that much of those dollars support longer-term recovery and reconstruction, when in fact, the bulk of the early funds provided emergency housing and other aid to families and support to states and federal agencies for clean up and other emergency activities immediately after the storms. Almost $20 billion was flood insurance payouts to citizens collecting on their own private insurance claims.
Half of New Orleans is at or well above sea level.
Source: Tulane and Xavier Universities
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 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
- 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