“Katrina” Remains the Terrible Apex

This month, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) adjusted Hurricane Katrina’s official cost of damage to $186.3 billion making it the costliest hurricane on record.

Also, the death count for the 2005 storm was adjusted from just over 1800 to just under 1400.

Despite the downward adjustment, Hurricane Katrina remains the deadliest storm in the past 50 years.

According to the data that the NHC relied on for its update, Katrina, “stands apart not just for the enormity of the losses, but for the ways in which most of the deaths occurred.”

Levee failure.

“…levee failures allowed water to fill parts of the New Orleans area to great depth, leading to the deaths of hundreds of people…”

This is why the exact truth and circumstances about the August 2005 event need to be put in front, and kept in front, of the American people.

What many people call “Hurricane Katrina” was in fact, a calamitous engineering failure. And the responsible party is the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Environmental reporter Mark Schleifstein wrote this good story about the NHC updates.

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Founder Rosenthal featured on Elizabeth Bachman show

This week Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal is featured on Elizabeth Bachman’s show “Strategic Speaking for Results.”

This episode was Ms. Bachman’s selection to be the first guest of the year 2023.

Rosenthal discusses how she and her group Levees.org took on the organization responsible for the engineering design flaws in New Orleans’ levees –– the US Army Corps of Engineers

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Why New York Waits

Replica of flooded home in New Orleans after the nearby London Avenue Canal breached in August 2005

Ten years ago, Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge flooded twenty-four US states, particularly New York and New Jersey.

Prior to landfall, the Associated Press reported that experts predicted a billion dollars in damage in the US. It turned out to be $43 billion (1). 

Now, near the 10th anniversary of what is unofficially known as Superstorm Sandy, NBC Channel 4 TV in New York City devoted a 5-minute segment to address this question: “Why shouldn’t we be all protected?” (2)

This question is posed while observing that after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the US Army Corps of Engineers built a new system––including a massive regional surge barrier––in under eight years in Louisiana.

But for New York, and for New Jersey, the Corps is still debating the best approach to battle storm surge, ten years out.

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