Sunday, January 01, 2006

Penny-wise, pound-foolish levee repairs

Col. Lewis Setliff, commander of Task Force Guardian in charge of repairing damaged levee systems:

"We are authorized by Congress to only restore the level of protection that existed before Katrina," he said. "We aren't allowed to do betterments, and that means no (widespread) armoring."

Not exactly the vote of confidence we need to hear from NSF engineers evaluating the Corps of Engineers plans for levee repairs:
The region won't be secure from major storm surges until Congress follows the Netherlands' lead and makes protecting New Orleans from truly big storms a national priority. Even on an expedited basis, Category 5 protection for the city alone will cost $3.5 billion and take five to 15 years to install. For all of southeast Louisiana, the figure rises to $18 billion, plus another $14 billion for coastal restoration.


At 1/03/2006 04:42:00 AM, Blogger Polimom said...

Speaking of the levees... the ground-zero breach in Lakeview is still seeping water. Seeping enough to create a running stream across the road, in fact.

At 1/03/2006 04:57:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Yeah, I was there again last night -- shocked to see the continued seepage. What the hell is that?

At 1/03/2006 07:26:00 AM, Blogger Seymour D. Fair said...

The last time I was over at the London Avenue Canal breach along Pratt Drive there was a nicely flowing stream there as well.

At 1/03/2006 09:03:00 AM, Blogger Polimom said...

umm.... there's something really wrong with this picture, eh?

Yet the levees are supposedly going to be at pre-Katrina strength by June?

Oh! That's right! Silly me! There was seepage before Katrina! They just kinda ignored it... (although I don't think the current "seeps" are what was seen before the storm).

All in all, kind of a worry, though.


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