A Message From Lucianne

The $14 billion system of levees and floodwalls built around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is already sinking less than a year after it was completed

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Posted By: Ribicon, 4/14/2019 12:24:58 PM

The $14 billion system of levees and floodwalls built around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is already sinking just 11 months after it was completed, experts have said. The Army Corps of Engineers said in an impact study notice earlier this month that the flood control system could loose its intended ability protect against a 100-year flood as soon as 2023. The agency said it it was concerned by ‘weak soils, general subsidence, and the global incidence of sea level rise that will cause levees to require future lifts to sustain performance.’ The Corps of Engineers said it needs to study


Billions of dollars for bad engineering to combat Our Rising Seas, but not one penny to combat floods of economic migrants seeking welfare.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Pearson365 4/14/2019 12:29:12 PM (No. 33742)
Why worry? The world ends in less than 12 years, or so we’re told by Democrats.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Smart11344 4/14/2019 12:46:57 PM (No. 33752)
Look for the Union Label.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: bassman 4/14/2019 12:47:42 PM (No. 33753)
Sounds like the perfect sanctuary city to send the illegals.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: MISteve 4/14/2019 1:05:24 PM (No. 33762)
I call BS on the sea level rise bit. And not knowing about the properties of the soils? What kind of engineers are working in the Corps?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: lindamay 4/14/2019 1:13:14 PM (No. 33748)
There is no more corrupt State in the Union.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Spyder 4/14/2019 1:19:00 PM (No. 33769)
If you can’t spell lose ..... you have no right to ask for my time to read your article ... you might want to check your loose change in your pocket.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 4/14/2019 1:31:58 PM (No. 33767)
Wouldn´t it be cheaper to rise up the whole city of LO 20ft?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: MrDeplorable 4/14/2019 1:36:19 PM (No. 33777)
The problem is they didn´t heed the wise words of the old artificial-butter commercial which warned: "It´s not nice to fool Mother Nature."
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Golden Goose 4/14/2019 1:43:54 PM (No. 33757)
And this, my friends, is what you get when the Government wants to be seen "doing something."
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Reply 10 - Posted by: DVC 4/14/2019 1:56:31 PM (No. 33754)
New Orleans is a literally hopeless case. Living in a place which is normally below the level of the river is just not workable in the long run.

In addition to this intractable problem, soon enough, likely in our lifetimes, the Old River Control structure complex (actually several dams, locks and levees) will lose control and the Mississippi will do what it has been trying to do for many decades, switch to the Atchafalaya River bed and leave New Orleans behind.

The Mississippi River is far more powerful than we are, and is relentless, wanting to flow downhill the easiest way. With ever increasing expenditures we can delay it, and with enough money, perhaps for even for another century. But the river will win and bypass New Orleans, as the city sinks into the swamps.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Norgay 4/14/2019 2:07:17 PM (No. 33751)
Gee, pouring billion of dollars into the corruption of New Orleans and getting substandard work. Who would have thought it. The levee committee failed to do it’s job before Katrina, why would any thinking person think that there would be any other outcome.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: earlybird 4/14/2019 2:07:42 PM (No. 33744)
Alluvial soil?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Jeremiah29_11 4/14/2019 2:16:31 PM (No. 33746)
If the COE built the walls to stop the water from invading New Orleans.......can we expect the same from the wall to stop the invading illegals on our southern borders?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 4/14/2019 2:17:09 PM (No. 33770)
Termites have played a significant role as well.
New Orleans should be a quant little tourist town and they should stop rebuilding and reinvesting federal funds there.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: chance_232 4/14/2019 2:22:23 PM (No. 33756)
Everything wrong with NO is man caused. In an effort to control annual flooding hundreds of miles of levees, locks and dams were built along the Mississippi and its tributaries. As a result, the annual flooding no longer dumps hundreds of thousands of pounds of silt in what is now farm lands and the Louisiana Delta. Without that soil, the Louisiana delta is shrinking and sinking. By attempting to control all flooding, we have unwittingly made major flooding incidents dramatically worse.

If we were SMART, and we aren´t, New Orleans would be abandoned, the levees blown up and Mother Nature be allowed to restore the delta. Don´t build in a flood plain. If you have to build in a flood plain, elevate your structures above expected flood levels.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: cor-vet 4/14/2019 2:42:34 PM (No. 33765)
I thought that they spent millions studying the levee systems in Holland. I guess they thought they could do it better than those Europeans.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 4/14/2019 2:42:46 PM (No. 33761)
I traveled to New Orleans once for a business trip. When we got out of the terminal I felt a sense of dread or evil. I have never experienced it before or since. Not a city I shall ever return to. There is something wrong down there!
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Reply 18 - Posted by: doublesharp 4/14/2019 3:11:04 PM (No. 33760)
#5, have you ever been to Kentucky? How do you think Mitch McConnell continues to get elected?
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Reply 19 - Posted by: M2 4/14/2019 3:19:01 PM (No. 33745)
New Orleans is run by democrats, isn’t it?
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Reply 20 - Posted by: whyyeseyec 4/14/2019 3:35:30 PM (No. 33772)
The sea is not rising, the flood wall is sinking.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Blackeagle 4/14/2019 3:49:47 PM (No. 33764)
#17 - NOLA has a lot of day drinkers. Nuff said.

With day drinkers and soil subsidence pretty much everywhere, entropy has a field day.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: hershey 4/14/2019 4:02:08 PM (No. 33776)
Corps translation...´we need MORE money´
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Reply 23 - Posted by: FromTheRight2 4/14/2019 4:06:15 PM (No. 33749)
So the prekatrina graft money was spent, and the levees still failed. Now the postkatrina graft money must be about out, so its time to find another reason to pour unaccountable money into NO. Until there is some accountability for the katrina failure, why would we pour good money after bad? Maybe we should import a couple of Dutch engineers. They seem to know how to build levees.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: bldrrepub 4/14/2019 4:15:28 PM (No. 33766)
My career was with a big A/E firm. It is very hard to believe that the subsidence issue got ahead of the design engineers. If it did, the USACE should be suing the heck out of the firm(s).
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Reply 25 - Posted by: JHHolliday 4/14/2019 4:45:20 PM (No. 33758)
Re #17. My son and new bride chose NO for their honeymoon. They took one of the ´ghost tours´ through one of the cemeteries. One of those graveyards couldn´t be used for tours as the area had become too dangerous. One guess as to why.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Rumblehog 4/14/2019 5:07:40 PM (No. 33773)
Some places just aren´t meant to be lived in... New Orleans is one of them.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: KanCreeper 4/14/2019 5:17:01 PM (No. 33763)
Personally, I LOVE NOLA; but when you build a City in and on A SWAMP; At some point you will get mud and water in your shoes.

Louisiana Politics (mostly Democrat!) is a money devouring machine. Props to Posters #9 and #11 !
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Reply 28 - Posted by: wsdiego 4/14/2019 5:53:40 PM (No. 33750)
Are the dikes turning to pudding?
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Reply 29 - Posted by: red1066 4/14/2019 5:59:12 PM (No. 33755)
Dirt washes away and sinks. Why are the engineers surprised by this? Plus, if levees are sinking, so is the city of New Orleans.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: MickTurn 4/14/2019 6:09:15 PM (No. 33774)
How did the city get below sea level in the first place? Putting Megaton building on sand...it sank!...get a clue, the city is doomed, time to abandon it and move inland.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: MDConservative 4/14/2019 6:20:28 PM (No. 33759)
Can the Army´s Corps of Engineers actually engineer? $14 billion? The entire ramshackle city isn´t worth that to begin with.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: Saryden 4/14/2019 8:50:42 PM (No. 33771)
The vast flooding of the Midwest, ruining crops, businesses, farmland, deaths of animals and at least one human... was due (in my opinion)to mismanagement and cruel policies of the Army Corps of Engineers & EPA this year and in 2011. I believe it is because they and the UN Agenda 21 want to turn the entire area into wilderness again... with no consideration of all who have homes there.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: harleynyc 4/14/2019 10:24:04 PM (No. 33743)
living below sea level is insanity in the first place.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: heartsurgeon 4/14/2019 10:26:47 PM (No. 33768)
Sinking levees..why that´s a FEATURE, not a flaw...

I believe in Louisiana politics they have a phrase "Lagniappe"...

When ever Federal dollars are flowing, a little bit will invariably end up in one´s pocket.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: DVC 4/15/2019 12:46:39 AM (No. 33747)
#30, the city sank, and they "jscked up" the river by containing it in levees. Silt is now deposited in the river bed, so the water rises higher. So, you have to raise the levees. And the bottom of the river fills with more silt, covered by the same depth of river....so the levees are built higher.

All the while, the city is sinking, too.

The inevitable result of a sinking city and a "big muddy" (silt laden) river unable to spread out...
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Reply 36 - Posted by: jacksin5 4/15/2019 9:59:03 AM (No. 33775)
Trying to control the Mississippi is essential for the river is the largest shipping route in the U.S.. Trying to continue to save America´s Venice on the other hand.....
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