Thursday, May 10, 2007

Levees: Not just in NOLA

Recent news stories
about flooding in Missouri
brings to light that levees are all over the country. And there are a LOT of substandard ones out there.
This shatters the belief by some tiny minded people that places like New Orleans shouldn't be rebuilt due to the geography.

From Levees dot org comes a new PSA with John Goodman.

New Orleans resident and award-winning actor John Goodman added his voice to a series of celebrity Public Service Announcements by non-profit flood-control advocacy group Levees.Org, asking "Don't we all deserve levees that work?"
The campaign aims to explain to communities nationwide that they are protected by levees built by the US Army Corps of Engineers and could experience a catastrophic flood like New Orleans experienced during Hurricane Katrina.
The 30-second version of the advertisement can be viewed at the organization's Web site, For broadcasters, both a 15 and 30 second version can be downloaded.
Too many people don't understand that what happened here was a case of federal engineering failures and poor decision-making. Too many people don't understand that what happened here could happen anywhere. said Sandy Rosenthal, the organization's executive director.
The group is behind legislation to create an 8/29 Commission, an unbiased investigation of the failure of the federally built levees. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-LA will file the 8/29 Commission as an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The WRDA bill likely will go to the Senate floor this week, said Ms. Rosenthal.
Rosenthal started Levees.Org while in Lafayette, LA after evacuating from New Orleans during the flooding in 2005.

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