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Paper Blames US Army Corps For Levees

How’s this for re-writing history?

From the Times-Picayune by way of the erstwhile wire service, the UPI:

President George W. Bush tours the rebuilding of the Industrial Canal levee in New Orleans, March 8, 2006.

Report: Corps ignored worst-storm data

Mar 9, 2006, 3:00 GMT

NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States (UPI) — The Army Corps of Engineers knew as early as 1972 that weather data showed the need for higher New Orleans levees, a new report alleges.

But the report says the corps did not use the data in its planning.

Floodwalls and levees being rebuilt by the corps are based on research for a likely worst-case storm done in 1959, the New Orleans Times-Picayune said.

Even though new weather service research in the 1970s increased the size and intensity of that worst-case storm and projected surges, the corps stuck to its original design when work began in the 1980s, the newspaper said. That work included structures that failed during Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans District engineers assessing the area’s hurricane protection system said the failure to act was based on restrictions from Congress on what the corps could build, the newspaper said.

Corps headquarters officials in Washington did not respond to requests for comment, the Times-Picayune reported.

Anyone who has the slightest acquaintance with the Mississippi levee situation and the Army Corps of Engineers should know that it was not the Army’s choice to do things the way they did.

They were fought at every turn by environmental groups, who sued them into retreat.

A fact even the "Paper of Treason," the New York Times has had to admit:

Hurricane Betsy in the Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Betsy, September 1965.

Design Flaws Seen in New Orleans Flood Walls

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 20 — A surge from Lake Pontchartrain was the catastrophic situation that the corps had been guarding against since Hurricane Betsy 40 years ago. Initially, the corps wanted to build a giant barrier to keep water from the Gulf of Mexico from reaching Lake Pontchartrain and flooding the canals.

That project was delayed by lawsuits from environmental groups that contended the corps had failed to study ecological effects. By the late 1970’s, the corps abandoned that approach and began raising levees along the lake and the Mississippi and adding flood walls on the canals.

Maybe the Times-Picayune should stick to covering dead bodies stacked up in freezers.

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