Wow. But... bushie boy knew!!!<quoted text>
Congressional investigations found the old Orleans Levee Board more interested in managing a casino license and two marinas than looking after levees. Inspections were ceremonial, millions of dollars were spent on a fountain and overpasses rather than on levee protection. And there was confusion over who was responsible for managing the fragmented levee system, U.S. Senate investigations revealed.
Experts agree poor levee designs by the corps and the sheer strength of Katrina get the lion's share of the blame.
"Poor levee designs and strength of Katrina get lion's share of the blame." Didn't see George W. Bush's name anywhere in any article as being the source of blame.
" Levee problems predicted, documents show
Homeland Security was warned New Orleans could be flooded for months
updated 1/24/2006 8:33:33 PM ET
WASHINGTON The Homeland Security Department was warned a day before Hurricane Katrina hit that the storms surge could breach levees and leave New Orleans flooded for weeks or months, documents released Monday show.
An Aug. 28 report by the departments National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center concluded that a Category 4 or 5 hurricane would cause severe damage in the city, including power outages and a direct economic hit of up to $10 billion for the first week.
Overall, the impacts described herein are conservative, stated the report, which was sent to Homeland Securitys office for infrastructure protection.
Any storm rated Category 4 or greater ... will likely lead to severe flooding and/or levee breaching, leaving the New Orleans metro area submerged for weeks or months, said the report, which was released by a Senate panel examining the governments breakdown in responding to Katrina.
The documents are the latest indication that the federal government knew beforehand of the catastrophic damage that a storm of Katrinas magnitude could cause.
Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm on Aug. 29. Some weather experts, however, believe it had decreased to a Category 3 or even Category 2 storm by the time it reached New Orleans.
In 2004, Homeland Security and the federal Emergency Management Agency ran an exercise called Hurricane Pam that provided a dire prediction about a Category 3 hurricane hitting New Orleans. It found, among other things, that flood waters would surge over levees, creating a catastrophic mass casualty/mass evacuation and leaving drainage pumps crippled for up to six months.
The Bush administration has been lambasted for its lackluster response to Katrina and its aftermath, including criticism that the government should have known that a hurricane of that strength posed a danger to the areas levees and was unprepared to cope with it.
Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said he was not familiar with the documents but that the levees situation likely was one reason the government urged an evacuation of New Orleans before the storm hit.
Were in the process of participating in a large after-action report, Knocke said.Were deeply committed to finding out what worked and didnt work, and apply those lessons learned going forward.
Shortly after the disaster, President Bush said,I dont think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees. He later clarified his remarks, saying his comment was meant to suggest that there had been a false sense of relief that the levees had held when the storm passed, only to break a few hours later...."