Letter to our devoted supporters

To our devoted supporters:

Over 250 supporters signed our letter to the local levee authority – sent Mon June 4 – demanding that levee inspection ratings and their meaning be made readily available to the public.

The Levee Authority East responded to our letter by claiming we made untrue statements in the letter. Of course this is nonsense and Levees.org stands by all its statements.

(Columnist James Gill did a story about how we initially obtained the inspections ratings data in 2017 by filing a Freedom of Information request with the Army Corps of Engineers. See Mr. Gill’s story here.)

The bottom line is the letter worked. The Levee Authority made the ratings available on Mon June 4 by posting the Army Corps’ levee inspections ratings for the past two years – with the Authority’s response – on its website.

This is further evidence that your support is generating results.

Thank you,
Sandy Rosenthal
Founder of Levees.org

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Founder Rosenthal on New Orleans levee system getting a grade of ‘minimally acceptable”

Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal talks to WWL TV’s David Hammer about her group’s belief that New Orleans levee system’s grade of ”minimally acceptable’ for its levee maintenance should have been made public, been easily accessible and should have provided an explanation for the low rating.

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WWL TV: New Orleans levee system maintained at “minimally acceptable” levels; worse now than leading up to Hurricane Katrina

Levees.org wondered how the post Katrina Levee Authorities were doing in maintaining the levees. So the group filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act to find out.

It turns out all of the local districts under the new Regional Levee Authorities have been getting grades of ‘minimally acceptable’ ever since Katrina.

That’s worse than the fifty years before the levees failed in 2005.

The Army Corps of Engineers is required to make the data publicly available. To our knowledge, the corps did not. So we brought this issue to the attention of David Hammer with WWL TV Channel 4.

Apparently, the only way the citizen-at-large can find out these grades is by going to the corps’ website and navigating the cumbersome system.

Click here for the full story by WWL TV Channel 4.

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