Designed For Failure

Via Harry Shearer at the Huffington Post comes this Times-Picayune article on the levee system surrounding New Orleans. While Harry is skewering the ‘œMSM’ for not following up or even reporting this story, it is a story that needs to be told and investigated thoroughly.

Corps never pursued design doubts

Higher-ups raised red flag, then dropped [...]

Commentary By: sukabi

Via Harry Shearer at the Huffington Post comes this Times-Picayune article on the levee system surrounding New Orleans. While Harry is skewering the ‘œMSM’ for not following up or even reporting this story, it is a story that needs to be told and investigated thoroughly.

Corps never pursued design doubts

Higher-ups raised red flag, then dropped it

The engineering mistakes that led to the canal levee failures that flooded most of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina were found and then dismissed in the Army Corps of Engineers’™ design review process in 1990, an investigative team reviewing the failures says.

Documents, obtained by The Times-Picayune and provided to forensic engineers studying the levee breaches, show project engineers made a critical mistake in assessing soil strengths on the 17th Avenue Canal project, said Robert Bea, a University of California-Berkeley professor who is a member of the National Science Foundation team.

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Friday, December 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |

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