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.
Oregon Public Broadcasting (opb.org) has just issued an important list––9 times the US Army Corps of Engineers miscalculated badly at the expense of taxpayers, wildlife.
Number one on the list is the failure of the levee system in New Orleans.
We find that highly appropriate in light of the horrific loss of life, nearly 1400 people.
We also note that the salt water intrusion crisis in New Orleans was on the list. Levees.org had recently called out the Army Corps for basically standing by and allowing this happen, knowing that the possibility was likely.
Bravo to both the OPB.org and also to ProPublica for producing the article in partnership.
9 times the US Army Corps of Engineers miscalculated badly at the expense of taxpayers, wildlife
The east breach site of the London Avenue Canal. Photo/Andy Levin
Recently, Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal and lead researcher H.J. Bosworth’s co-written letter was featured in The Advocate. Below is the original slightly longer version that was submitted.
“We closely observed the media reporting by the New Orleans District USACE after its levees broke during Hurricane Katrina. So we’re not surprised to learn from reporter Tristan Baurick that the corps personnel knew for decades of the potential for salt water intrusion as a result of dredging the Mississippi River.
“Apparently, now in 2023, there was little infrastructure or plans firmly in place to handle the predicted intrusion. This means that the underwater dam (or sill) must have been constructed at huge expense, along with the miles of temporary flexible pipelines. Emergency construction is always more expensive.
“We are suspicious of the corps’ putting the focus on the lack of rain as the culprit in the salt water intrusion crisis.