Rebuilt Levees Worse Than Before Katrina?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in History, Hurricane Katrina

Yep, we’re staring another disaster in the face as hurricane season approaches New Orleans.

From National Geographic:

Almost a year ago the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declared that it had restored New Orleans’ levees and floodwalls to pre-Hurricane Katrina strength.

But the system is actually riddled with flaws, and a storm even weaker than Katrina could breach the levees if it hit this year, say leading experts who have investigated the system.

The unwelcome news comes as residents gird for what is predicted to be a “very active” Atlantic hurricane season, and as residents are still slowly rebuilding their homes and lives after Katrina.

During a recent inspection of the levee system with National Geographic magazine, engineering professor Bob Bea of the University of California, Berkeley, found multiple weak spots.

The most serious flaws turned up in the rebuilt levees along the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet ship channel.

If those levees break again…wow…I don’t know what we’re going to do.

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One Response to “Rebuilt Levees Worse Than Before Katrina?”

  1. Rich Horton Says:

    I’m not surprised the levees in general are in worse shape. Even places that didn’t fail in 05 might have been weakened. Rebuilding the whole system will take decades not 18 months. It was criminal that the flood control system was allowed to reach the level where a glancing blow from a moderate Cat 3 storm could bring the city to its knees.

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