U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Anthony Bertucci calls in the status of the floodwall at London Avenue Canal’s upper breach near Robert E. Lee Boulevard. Bertucci is from New Orleans District’s Construction Division.
Levees.org is waging a campaign urging the news editors of the New Orleans Times-Picayune to include the words “design flaw” whenever discussing the breaches of the 17th Street and London Avenue Canals in their stories.
As of 8:00 a.m. on Tue Oct 9, 2018, over 300 individuals have signed Levees.org’s petition. If you haven’t yet, please sign the petition: https://go.levees.org/TP
Many have included thoughtful – and often heart-wrenching – comments in addition to their signature. Here are just a few.
As a suggestion, as this issue repeatedly surfaces, and as someone whose family lost a loved one in the storm due to the ACOE levee failures, might The Times-Picayune consider a set blurb that briefly and succinctly states the true facts? ~Aimee Hayes, New Orleans, LA
The Times-Picayune continues to disappoint by not providing a complete recount of the levees and flood wall failures. Even preliminary research reveals the fault lies with the Army Corps of Engineers. ~Rosalind Blanco Cook, New Orleans, LA
After twice requesting the news editors of the New Orleans Times-Picayune to stop protecting the Army Corps of Engineers, the leadership of Levees.org has mobilized its membership.
Today, Levees.org has invited its national membership to call upon the news editors of the Times-Picayune to cease omitting the reason that the 17th Street and London Avenue Canals failed in August of 2005.
When discussing the failure of the two canals, the Times-Picayune consistently refrains from stating that the devastating breaches were caused by engineering design mistakes on the part of the Army Corps of Engineers.
Omitting what caused the outfall canals to fail protects the Army Corps of Engineers. It dishonors those who survived the levee breaches and those who did not. And it’s dangerous for anyone living by federally built levees.
Please sign Levees.org’s petition: https://go.levees.org/TP
A copy of the New Orleans Times-Picayune sits on a coffee table in this replica of a family home the day before the levees broke. Photo/Pat Garin
Viewing for the popular Phase 1 of Levees.org’s Flooded House Museum at 4918 Warrington Drive in New Orleans has been extended.
Until October 31, visitors can view the artistic rendering of a typical family room the day before the levees broke.
The exhibit is visible through the windows, like a diorama.