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PIERCE COUNTY: Levee failure, not Katrina, flooded NOLA

Letter by Claudia J. D'Aquin, New Orleans on May 3, 2010 at 9:32 am with No Comments »
May 3, 2010 9:32 am

Re: “Pierce County anti-flood efforts ramp up” (TNT, 5-2).

The article contains the inaccurate statement by Pierce County Councilman Shawn Bunney that the devastating flooding of New Orleans was caused by Hurricane Katrina. As a native and lifelong resident of New Orleans, I feel compelled to correct the statement.

New Orleans was flooded by the collapse of the federally designed, built and controlled levee system which experienced catastrophic failure when confronted with the precise circumstance it was supposed to protect against. After more than four years of investigation, experts and the courts found that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is ultimately responsible for the horrific devastation of New Orleans.

My objection may seem a minor question of semantics, but please be aware that the Corps of Engineers has worked for years to create the illusion that the citizens of New Orleans were simply the victims of an unavoidable natural disaster. Its propaganda campaign is intended to shift the blame for the corps’ failure onto the local authorities and citizenry.

Please do not give the corps a forum to spread this falsehood.

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