Archive for the 'Levees' Category

It begins

Power’s out this morning, in various parts of New Orleans and in front of the hurricane, and the lower coast is probably feeling the heat big time about now. Will Gustav track a tad east or west? Nobody knows, but any shift could have an enormous effect. There’s a lot being said about the incomplete [...]

The Corps continues its tradition of excellence in New Orleans

I’m speechless: NEW ORLEANS – The Army Corps of Engineers, rushing to meet President Bush’s promise to protect New Orleans by the start of the 2006 hurricane season, installed defective flood-control pumps last year despite warnings from its own expert that the equipment would fail during a storm, according to documents obtained by The Associated [...]

Solomon carved up the baby; of course, it died…

New Orleans’ Times-Picayune concluded its 3-part Special Report, Last Chance, on the disappearing Louisiana Coast today — a bleak, in-depth look at the hows and whys of the lost wetlands, and what has to happen if there’s any hope of saving this part of the state. The series included graphics, pdfs, reports, and multimedia, including [...]

Risking all in the shadows of the levees

This should be required reading for everyone who can’t understand how so many people didn’t have flood insurance in and around New Orleans (from USAToday, my emphasis): WASHINGTON — Bowing to demands from news organizations, the Army Corps of Engineers revealed the locations Thursday of 122 levees nationwide that are so poorly maintained they could [...]