Contracts for both the design and construction of the hurricane surge protection for the Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity Hurricane Protection Project belongs to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This is mandated via the Flood Control of 1965 and remains in place today. Work for flood-related assets contracted out to private industries was controlled by Corps.
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 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
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 reported drive-by levee inspections pre-Katrina were irrelevant in the catastrophic flooding in New Orleans.