.@NOLAnews New Orleans area hurricane levee designs should be reanalyzed by 2018, Corps of Engineers says ~Mark Schleifstein

Posted on January 17, 2015 By

As with our last post, we continue to cover the follow-through by our US Army Corps of Engineers with our nation’s disaster infrastructure. The Corps is a time machine, to wit: what they do, the things they build effect everyone in this nation drastically, symbiotically over short and long periods of time. There when the levees failed, I remain viscerally caught up in all of this that Mark Schleifstein has copiously covered his entire career -but particularly in this article. He won a Pulitzer with fellow journalists for their on-the-ground coverage of the Federal Flood, and has stuck with this catastrophe and it’s subsequent effects over the past decade since.

My esteemed colleague at DisasterMap.net, Dr. Ezra Boyd, discovered that over half the population of the US lives either directly behind levees or in counties effected by them. You might say our nation is developing into a Disaster Democracy, as it appears that every citizen is a stakeholder in its mitigation. This is what taxpayers do to protect themselves and their homes. ~Bruce Biles

The 17th Street Canal breach. Week of 8-29-05 ~Courtesy NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune archive

The 17th Street Canal breach. Week of 8-29-05
~Courtesy NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune archive

The design and construction of the just-completed levee system that protects the New Orleans area from hurricane storm surges should undergo a “complete reanalysis” in 2017 and 2018, Army Corps of Engineers officials told the east bank levee authority on Thursday (Jan. 15).

But both corps and members of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East said it remains unclear who would lead or pay for what is likely to be a $10 million to $20 million study.

Corps officials were quick to say that the assumptions used in designing the existing levees remain sufficient to protect from surges caused by a hurricane with a 1 percent chance of occurring in any year, the so-called 100-year storm. Read more.

I follow Mark Schleifstein on Twitter @MSchleifstein Special thanks to Nola.com/Times Picayune for posting and allowing us to link you to this fine article. And thanks to Levees Not War for the fine interview linked above. Follow them @levees_not_war.

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