Corps of Engineers


Why did so many people die in the Lower Ninth Ward?

My last blog addressed a question that I’ve gotten the most over the last decade: how many people died because of Hurricane Katrina impacts in Louisiana? This blog post deals with the next most common question that I get: Why did so many people die in the Lower Ninth Ward? Typically, the person asking, whether…


DisasterMap.net’s Analysis of the National Levee Database and 2010 Census

Introduction Our nation depends on levees and floodwalls to protect our communities, our homes, and our vital economic assets. America has nearly 15,000 floodwalls and almost 22,000 levees, according to our interpretation of a database maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. These structures protect over 85,000 sq. miles that include 1,800 named Census places…


Corps of Engineers boss: Poor waterway infrastructure hurts U.S. ~Austin Alonzo @KCBizJournal

As I’ve studied our nations waterways and levees for DisasterMap.net it’s become apparent that most of our systems were not built by the Corps of Engineers. It seems counter-intuitive at first glance. Oh, there are the obvious flood control systems, but this country has thousands of miles of civil water works built by civilians.  Thus…