Thursday, September 22, 2005

New Orleans Levees Failed Not Built to Specification

Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal Political Diary (subscription required)
September 22, 2005 by Holman W. Jenkins Jr includes

“Mr. Bush actually said was that, once it became clear that Katrina would not make a direct hit on New Orleans, it wasn't anticipated that the levees might fail anyway.”

“the Washington Post reported strong evidence that the levees holding back Lake Pontchartrain were never overtopped by the Katrina storm surge -- the predicted form of failure in a storm greater than Category 3. Instead, the floodwalls gave way in two spots in an entirely unpredicted structural failure, which never should have occurred had they been built to specification.”

See Prior Posts:
Environmentalist Lawsuit Blocked Storm Gates to Protect New Orleans
U.S. Hurricanes Getting Worse Due to Global Warming? No
U.S. Hurricane Strikes by Decade
Tim Russert Interviews New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin
Laguna Beach Bluebird Canyon Slide Deserves Federal Disaster Aid
Help Victims of Hurricane Katrina


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