According to a story in today’s paper:
The heights of floodwalls and levees now being rebuilt by the corps are based on research for a likely worst-case storm done in 1959. When new weather service research in the 1970s increased the size and intensity of that storm and its projected surges, the corps stuck to its original design specifications when work began in the 1980s, including for structures that failed during Hurricane Katrina.
To reiterate, the Corps is building to 1959 specs right now, despite the fact that this data is known to be outdated.
This does not inspire confidence.
Meanwhile, George “Whatever It Takes” Bush is visiting our city again today. Maybe this time he’ll actually visit some of the flooded areas instead of sticking to the Garden District. Sure, it’s a photo opportunity, but when you’re the president of the United States, even your photo ops are important. If the president visits the floodzone, then the floodzone will be on the evening news.