Sandy Rosenthal, Founder of Levees.org
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Sandy Rosenthal, Founder of Levees.org

New details continue to emerge about why New Orleans flooded so horrifically during Hurricane Katrina. A carefully researched story by Pulitzer prize winner Mark Schleifstein describes how immediately after the flooding event, independent levee investigators were told incorrect information by "various members of the corps New Orleans district."

www.nola.com/environment/index...

For example, Drs. Raymond Seed and J. David Rogers–the lead investigators for a study funded by the National Science Foundation–were told that the design of the 17th Street and London Avenue Canals was "forced" on the Army Corps of Engineers against their will. This and other wrong information caused the investigators to conclude that the Orleans Levee Board was partly to blame for the collapse of the canal walls during Katrina.

A new article published last Thursday in Water Policy (the official journal of the World Water Council) contains a retraction of those wrong conclusions. The tight concise paper separates the facts from the fairy tale. Drs. Seed, Rogers and others now say it was the the Army Corps of Engineers that doomed New Orleans because the corps had made a tragic miscalculation on a large-scale study they did in the 1980s.

"The corps misinterpreted the study's findings, concluding that sheet piling that extended deeper would not significantly increase the stability of the I-walls under the short-term loading conditions during a hurricane, meaning the amount of time high water would be on the wall would likely only be a few hours."

The paper also reconfirms that responsibility for the infamous annual “drive by levee inspections” belonged solely to the corps, and at the end of the day were irrelevant anyway.

This article is further proof that your support is generating results.

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Sandy Rosenthal
Founder, Levees.org

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Study: Corps decisions, not Orleans Levee Board, doomed canal walls in Katrina

The Army Corps of Engineers had recommended either raising floodwalls and building gates at the mouths of New Orleans drainage canals as equally protective storm surge defenses, and recommended the gates because they would be less expensive to the federal government, the study concludes.

www.nola.com/environment/index...

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Sandy Rosenthal, Founder of Levees.org

The New York Times just broke a huge story about the flooding of New Orleans during Katrina.

The story is titled: Decade after Katrina, Pointing Finger More Firmly at Army Corps - www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/us/...

It's a story about a brand new scientific article by famous engineering experts Ray Seed and Dave Rogers. The article actually contains a retraction of statements they made in 2006 about who is responsible for the levee breaches.

The article, accepted for publication in Water Policy (the prestigious journal of the World Water Council) backpedals on damning statements Seed and Rogers made, namely that local levee board officials used politics to force the Army Corps of Engineers to build the inferior levee system that failed ten years ago.

The tight concise paper separates the facts from the fairy tale.

According the authors, it was the Army Corps that doomed New Orleans because 1) the Corps made a tragic miscalculation on a large-scale study they did in the 1980s, and 2) the Corps believed it was congressionally mandated to build structures that cost the least.

The 14-page article is also a “one stop shop” and addresses most, if not all, of the significant issues and events relating to the cause of the flooding during Katrina. Check out the NYT story by Campbell Robertson and John Schwartz.

You can help by CLICKING here - www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/us/.... The NYT pays close attention and will give the story more attention if you do!

This article is proof that your support is generating results.

Sincerely,

Sandy Rosenthal
Founder, Levees.org

TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE LEVEE MUSEUM AND PARK SCHEDULED TO OPEN JUNE 30, 2015, PLEASE VISIT: rally.org/LeveeExhibit

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Sandy Rosenthal, Founder of Levees.org

Levees.org is raising funds to build an Open-air Levee Exhibition in New Orleans. We will work in partnership with the neighborhood residents of Gentilly whose homes were flooded when federally built levees failed during Katrina. The money will be used to build informative exhibits and to plant a beautiful garden at the east breach site of the London Avenue Canal.

The goal is for visitors to learn about and reflect upon the historic event which changed the lives of over a million people. The exhibit and garden will be a memorial to the trauma of the Flood, a commemoration of a pivotal moment in American history, and a symbol of the residents’ resilience and determination to return home.

Learn more: rally.org/LeveeExhibit

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Letter Writing Campaign
Friday, September 27, 2013, 9:00am
New Orleans

The new Levee Authority East has filed lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies demanding that they fix the coastal wetlands that they had destroyed. Because the coast protects us from hurricane flooding.

Please send an email to these members. You can email the whole group at once:

robertscott@parlouisiana.org, cjohn@lsu.edu, wcurole@slld.org, EugenePriestley@chevron.com, NMattei@uno.edu, altiero@tulane.edu, habib@engr.subr.edu, hscons@lsu.edu, jklier@gecinc.com, jmdrake@cox.net, LEllis@olhcc.edu, BrianHeiden@gulfbank.com

As a suggestion, you can tell them this:

Please do not yield to pressure from the Governor nor the oil and gas industry. Please recommend a list of qualified applicants for the Flood Authority East by the September 30th deadline. Failing to do so means the Governor can choose whoever he wants.

It's critical that you send your emails by 9 a.m. CST Mon Sept 30.

Who Went?

Candy Chang
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Sandy Rosenthal, Founder of Levees.org

Sign our petition to Jo Ellen Darcy, head of the Army Corps. Demand to know where there are flood walls with performance concerns.

Click here: go.levees.org/PetitionLocations

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