Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The Day New Orleans drowned...

U.S. Senate committee's final report includes some of first images of the 17th St. Canal breach. Photo courtesy of National Geographic.

Statements by the Army Corps of Engineers that the New Orleans area was protected against the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane were "at best a rough estimate and at worst simply inaccurate," according to a Senate committee's final report on Hurricane Katrina released yesterday. The Corps claims that weakness in the levees was the direct result of a lack of funding.

As the finger-pointing continues there is a real concern over whether the repaired levees will be able to withstand a strong hurricane. The hurricane season begins in June.

In the meantime, Mayor Nagin announced yesterday a plan to get people out of the city when the next hurricane strikes. The Superdome will not be used.