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Penny-wise, pound-foolish levee repairs

Posted by schroeder915 on January 1, 2006

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.

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4 Responses to “Penny-wise, pound-foolish levee repairs”

  1. 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.

  2. Schroeder said

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

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

  4. 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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