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Why the Levee Broke...explained.

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posted on Sep, 2 2005 @ 06:14 AM
Found this interesting article on Alternet. This could have been prevented, FEMA knew about this problem yet funds and efforts were outsourced for the 'War on Terrorism'. Military personel even admitted that they werent prepared for this disaster.

Washington knew exactly what needed to be done to protect the citizens of New Orleans from disasters like Katrina. Yet federal funding for Louisiana flood control projects was diverted to pay for the war in Iraq.

Even though Hurricane Katrina has moved well north of the city, the waters continued to rise in New Orleans on Wednesday. That's because Lake Pontchartrain continues to pour through a two-block-long break in the main levee, near the city's 17th Street Canal. With much of the Crescent City some 10 feet below sea level, the rising tide may not stop until until it's level with the massive lake.

New Orleans had long known it was highly vulnerable to flooding and a direct hit from a hurricane. In fact, the federal government has been working with state and local officials in the region since the late 1960s on major hurricane and flood relief efforts. When flooding from a massive rainstorm in May 1995 killed six people, Congress authorized the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, or SELA.

posted on Sep, 2 2005 @ 06:33 AM
Its called to much water. lol Thanks for the link.

posted on Sep, 2 2005 @ 10:40 AM
No, it's called "the President moved funds away from a much needed project in order to fulfill his dream of owning an oil-rich Middle East country." Period. Of course, you won't find this being reported as the news has been cancelled.

posted on Sep, 2 2005 @ 10:41 AM
i heard some general of the Army Engineeers Corps say it wouldnt matter much if they somehow upgrade the levee. however he did say that upgrades like the pumps would have draw the water out faster though than right now.

posted on Sep, 2 2005 @ 10:57 AM
It was inevitable that one day the leves would break. Why weren't preparations made?

posted on Sep, 2 2005 @ 11:06 AM

Originally posted by Simulacra
Found this interesting article on Alternet. This could have been prevented, FEMA knew about this problem

Not for nothing but the people and government of the City of New Orleans knew about this too. I don't recall seeing them demanding their their leaky levies be fixed. The fact that so many remained in the city is all the more mind boggling in this context. Obviously the Department of Homeland Security failed completely in this respect, as did Congress, as did the Executive Office.

Also, apparently the section of the levies that broke were the portions that didn't 'need' to be upgraded or had already been upgraded. The whole system was designed to withstand nothing more than at Category 3 hurricane in the first place, and everyone with any influence since it was built bears responsibility for these sorts of assinine decisions.

Stupid is as stupid does, build a city at the bottom of a bowl like depression on the coast a hurrican prone gulf, its gonna get destroyed. It was simply a matter of time. When there's a massive earthquake in california, people are going to be shocked at how many mistakes they made in their preparations. When another hurricane comes in this hurricane season (its not even half over), and possibly destroys some more towns, people are agian going to be amazed at their own stupidity.

Its like Pompey. Gosh, who'da thunk that giant volcano would actually erupt one day.

posted on Sep, 2 2005 @ 11:18 AM
Yes, the president would not allocate the proper moneys needed to the coastal cities (except Florida, of course) to fortify the coastlines.

Why? His war is more important.

posted on Sep, 3 2005 @ 02:38 PM
Plans were in place, requests were made but money was cut from the budget several times Look it up for yourselves, Times Picayune news paper. One area was supposed to be worked on. Thats the famous picture of Chalmette. The work never got due to the budget cuts. The Chalmette levee was not a breach at first but instead the levee was topped then erosion took out the rest.

17th and London ave may have failed due to the fact that the pumps were pushing water against rising lakewater being south by the storm. This more than likely overloaded the flood walls on both those canals.
IMO, it may have been better to have left those two stations offline for a day and allow some minor flooding from the rains. I was not there or can really be sure those 2 pumps were running but from the scenes it appears that way.

posted on Sep, 3 2005 @ 02:42 PM
Exactly what I have been talking about since I started posting about this hurricane.

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