Once again Louisiana wasn’t ready. So far there’s some $1.5 plus billion in damages from Isaac. After Katrina, $1 billion was spent on a Band-aid protective levee system, and they were supposed to be much better prepared.
Clearly, stormwater control engineering expertise is sorely lacking in Louisiana and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Isaac was only a Category 1 hurricane. Saying “it could have been worse” surely doesn’t cut it with the poor folks who had to wade through six to eight feet of water to secure belongings from their underwater homes.
Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Corps of Engineers must wake up: Either prohibit living in these flood-prone zones or establish a diking system to sustain a Category 5 hurricane.
Peter P. Baljet, Miami