Quote of the Day - New Orleans as we know it does not exist.
Everyone Shares In The Blame, But No One More So Than The Corps
New Orleans has had its fair share of troubles, and perhaps a bit more than any big city deserves. While Katrina gave it one solid punch and the city took some more hard licks from its own residents, the government may have delivered one knock-out punch too many for it to survive. Not only did Michael Brown and FEMA fail to respond to the natural disaster in a timely matter and then with too little, too late wrapped in red tape, but a recent court decision also landed a heavy hit.
Federal District Court Judge Stanley Duval, Jr. issued his decision on a series of class actions filed against Louisiana's Enemy Number One, the United States Army Corps of Engineers: they're not liable to the citizens of New Orleans for the levee breaks.
The Judge recounts the tortured history of the levees, and lays blame at practically everyone's doorstep: Congress, environmental and citizen groups such as Save Our Wetlands, the citizens of New Orleans, the New Orleans government and even the local state and federal court systems for issuing injunctions prohibiting the levees from being built pending environmental studies, which as we know in hindsight, didn't work.
The factual part of the Court's opinion in the first 18 pages is well worth a read before you complain another word about anything arising out of this series of failures leading to the collapse of the levees.
No one, however, was singled out in the Court's opinion more than the Corps.
While Judge Duval criticized the Corps' "gross incompetence" and the "catastrophic failure of the Corps to fulfill its mission," he ruled the Flood Control Act of 1928 grants immunity to the government in the event of levee failure.
Cry me a river.