H.J. Bosworth Jr, and Sandy Rosenthal in file photo from August 2008
The Advocate recently featured Levees.org’s lead researcher H.J. Bosworth and founder Sandy Rosenthal’s letter.
In the letter, Bosworth and Rosenthal object to a bill proposed by Jerome “Zee” Zeringue R-Houma.
The bill require the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard to shoulder the lion’s share of the cost of the post-Katrina improvements to the levee system that failed on August 29, 2005 due to the Army Corps of Engineers’ design mistakes.
Bosworth and Rosenthal point out several reasons that this is both unwarranted and unfair.
For the full letter, click here.
The Eric Hoffer Award Program has released the judges comments for Sandy Rosenthal’s book Words Whispered in Water: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina.
Founder Rosenthal’s book, published by Mango Media in August 2020, has received the 2021 First Horizon Award for “superior work by a debut author in Non-Fiction.”
Here are the judges comments:
“Part memoir, part exposé, Rosenthal employs the surgical precision of a investigative journalist and the craft of a memoirist to expose the flaws, natural and human, behind the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Fueled by personal history and a fierce sense of social advocacy, Rosenthal goes beyond the received Katrina narrative and the media that advanced that narrative to uncover corruption, bureaucracy and a failing infrastructure. Rosenthal balances the deeply personal with a keen documentarian’s eye to create an engaging and compelling account. Incisive, exhaustively researched and deeply engaging, Rosenthal offers an enlightening and cautionary account within a riveting and compelling read.”
In her book, Rosenthal describes how she created the group Levees.org to find out the true reason that New Orleans flooded in August of 2005.
In her quest for the facts, she discovered that the culprit, the US Army Corps of Engineers had spent millions fooling the American public and harassing anyone who stood in its way.
For more about the First Horizon Award, click here.
Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal’s remarks were featured in this month’s PowerPoll.
Rosenthal, and others in the PowerPoll, were asked this question: “Who should pay for the improvements to the New Orleans area hurricane protection system?”
Here’s Rosenthal’s response:
“The levees failed due solely to mistakes by the federal government, specifically the US Army Corps of Engineers. This is not contested,” Rosenthal said. “In addition, almost no residents of Jefferson, Orleans or St. Bernard parish were made whole after the catastrophe.
“Therefore, the cost of the rebuilt levee system, which should not have failed, should be 100% borne by the federal government. The massive cost to maintain the new levee system – built without local input – is already a heavy burden to the above-named parishioners.”
According to its website, PowerPoll is a civic engagement platform that gives cities and communities the information they need to drive change and create consensus. Drew Broach is the New Orleans, LA correspondent.
For the complete poll and all remarks, click here.