This Investigation would be an objective look at data by unbiased eyes using a model of bipartisan co-chairmanship to assure objectivity. Those who serve on it would be required to have expertise in the fields of engineering and flood control. And an investigation beginning five years after the hurricane would have the benefit of fresh looks at the evidence collected for similar studies in the immediate aftermath of the flooding.
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.
Half of New Orleans is at or well above sea level.
Source: Tulane and Xavier Universities
- 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
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