Nov 19 2009
The truth sometimes takes years to come out, but the verdict (literally) is in on the Katrina disaster and one of those convicted was the US Army Corps of Engineers:
The failure of the Corps to recognize the destruction that the MRGO had caused and the potential hazard that it created is clearly negligent on the part of the Corps,” said U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. in his ruling. “Furthermore, the Corps not only knew, but admitted by 1988, that the MRGO threatened human life … and yet it did not act in time to prevent the catastrophic disaster that ensued with the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina.”
MRGO is the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and is the part of the damn system that broke under Katrina’s rains and destroyed New Orleans. If not for that breach I would suspect New Orleans would not have been so devastated.
But more importantly is the fact the danger was identified in 1988. It seems our ‘first black’ President Clinton was negligent in addressing the problem (as were other Presidents). The truth is Clinton was as responsible as Bush was – as in not at all. It was the Corps’ responsibility to prioritize their activities and make sure this situation was addressed to save lives. Clearly they failed to do so in time to advert massive loss of life and property.
Katrina was a historic storm which wiped the Gulf Coast directly in its path bare of most human structures. There was no amount of preparing that can handle this kind of devastation Â – along with state and local leaders who refuse to evacuate their people or allow recovery people into the damaged area. The severe incompetence was definitely tilted towards the Democrats in Louisiana than anywhere else.