Here are three
quotes from the head of the Army Corp of Engineers, as he explains that
we, as a country, decided to protect New Orleans from a Level 3 storm
hit, nothing more.
LEVEES DESIGNED FOR CATEGORY 3 ONLY
What's the big surprise?
MARGARET WARNER: And so what these levees were designed to withstand is
a Category 3 hurricane, is that right and the aftermath, but not
LT. GEN. CARL
STROCK: That's right. It would equate to a Category 3. In fact, this
levee system has endured a number of Category 3's and similar type
events. We knew coming in as we saw the Category Four and Five
hurricane approaching the coast, with a possibility it would make a
direct hit on New Orleans, that the prudent thing to do was to evacuate.
"I don't see that
the level of funding was really a contributing factor in this case,"
said Lt. Gen. Carl Strock, chief of engineers for the Army Corps of
Engineers. "Had this project been fully complete, it is my opinion that
based on the intensity of this storm that the flooding of the business
district and the French Quarter would have still taken place."
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Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Gen. Carl Strock
explains that the levees protecting New Orleans were designed to
withstand a Category 3 hurricane during a press briefing at the
Pentagon on Sept. 2, 2005. Strock briefed reporters on what the Corps
is doing to help the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama
recover from Hurricane Katrina.