Saturday, March 25, 2006

"I Don't Think Anyone Predicted the Levees Would Fail"

...for some insular definitions of 'anyone' I suppose.

The civil engineers group also rejected the explanation given by the Corps that the system had failed because Katrina had unleashed "unforeseeable" physical forces that weakened the flood walls. In a letter to Lt. Gen. Carl A. Strock, the Corps' commander, the civil engineers cited three previous Corps studies that predicted precisely the chain of events that caused the city's 17th Street Canal flood wall to fail. The breach left much of central and downtown New Orleans underwater.

Washington Post, Mar 24/06


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