Monday, March 06, 2006

not ready for hurricane season

You know, flood walls "substantially weaker" than before Katrina hit probably won't help much should another hurricane hit New Orleans. Levees are only as good as their weakest link. The Army Corps of Engineers denies it is cutting corners and says all will be fine, as good as before Katrina hit (which really wasn't quite good enough, was it?). But a Louisiana team and a panel from the National Science Foundation say that substandard materials are being uses. On NBC News tonight, they also touched on the fact that some flood walls that survived Katrina but may have been weakened still haven't been inspected.

The Corps says all is on schedule, but it looks like a bandaid designed to meet a political promise rather than a comprehensive revision and repair of the levee system.