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Where’d we put that barrel of tar?

Posted by schroeder915 on November 26, 2005

“So … what exactly are you doing to inspect the levees?”

“Ahh … we’re doing … something.”

Jerry Colletti, a Corps of Engineers operations manager for completed works, quoted in The Times-Picayune:

Our maintenance people, when they’re in the area, our field folks, our construction division people — they’re keeping an eye out for certain things.

Certain things?! So, basically, you’re saying that the guys who cut the grass are qualified to know whether the levees are structurally sound? Nobody actually checks water table levels, does soil samples, or does structural integrity checks, or any of the other things that engineers are supposed to do? Oh, you say that happens during the annual inspection? Okay … so what exactly do you do in that annual inspection?”

“Well, now that’s a big job. See, me & the boys git out there with our trucks and go around. Oh, yeah, it’s a regular convoy. 30 ve-hicles. And we go out and have a look-see. You know, kinda eyeball the sit’iation. But we get pretty hungry doin’ all that drivin’ around and lookin’. So we plan to wrap things up and get to lunch by 1:15.”

The Times-Picayune:

Records of the annual Levee Board and corps inspections show that they are fairly hasty affairs, with dozens of officials piling onto a convoy of vehicles to drive along the levees, stopping at various points for visits of 15 to 30 minutes. They review areas between stops from the cars.

Residents around the New Orleans area might be excused if they got a little bit angry for picking up the lunch tab … and then some.

Good work Gordon Russell, staff writer at The Times-Picayune!


2 Responses to “Where’d we put that barrel of tar?”

  1. Mr. Clio said

    And these “inspections” happened ONCE A YEAR in JUNE!!!!! Hurricane season starts in June. What if they noticed something wrong? Could they get it fixed by the Aug. to Oct. nightmare corridor of time for NOLA? Doubtful.

    When I read this in the Pic, I was too nuts even to type. Thanks for posting this, Schroeder.

  2. Schroeder said

    I’m no attorney, but it seems to me that these guys were negligent in fulfulling their duties in a criminal way.

    Why pay all those idiots if all they do is drive around once a year? Their primary responsibility is, after all, maintaining the levees. I’d expect them to be out there every day of the year doing something with the levees.

    Every one of those workers should be prosecuted, or minimally, fired and publicly shamed.

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