Army Corps of Engineers reports on New Orleans progress

In a news piece by Talk Radio News, testimony regarding the barriers being put in place to avoid another disaster like Katrina is profiled and has some interesting points that it brings to light

Brigadier General Michael Walsh, Commander of the Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, informed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee the goal of providing hurricane protection and coastal restoration in Louisiana is on track.

In his testimony, Walsh said, “the system is stronger and more resilient than prior to Katrina or any other time in history”.

Despite Walsh’s assurance of visible progress, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) argued that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had failed to properly focus on rebuilding the canal walls.

“We are choosing the wrong fix for the biggest thing that went wrong that caused catastrophic flooding in New Orleans,” said Vitter.

With conflicting views, more discussion and the brightest minds are going to be necessary to make sure the best, most carefully worked-out plans are utilized as another disaster like Katrina would be just as devastating as it was in 2005.

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