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  •  actually, once they knew the water was overtopping (none)
    they should have been doing something.  Overtopping erodes the levee (or erodes a dam, when a dam is overtopped) and makes it quite likely that the levee or dam will give way.  This is what happened in the Johnstown Floods in 1889 and in 1977; dams getting overtopped and then going.

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    by billlaurelMD on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:50:59 PM PDT

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    •  maybe they would've been doing (none)
      something, except all the special high-water, earth-moving heavy equipment was in Iraq?

      (as per early August story with quotes from a local Nat'l Guard bigwig that's been posted here a lot.)

      Also, another Times-Picayune story/breaking news item had local officials out at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning checking reports of a broken levee, and not being able to tell if it had breached or was just still overtopping.

      I don't know how many miles of levees there are in New Orleans, or how much of that is critical, but obviously there wasn't an adequate plan (or personnel) to check, let alone fix, the breaches in a timely fashion.

      But don't blame local emergency workers, or local officials, please -- they were out there trying.

      •  believe me, I don't.... (none)
        they were shorthanded.  Someone else has a diary called "Small Government Kills" or something like that.  It may discuss how much shorthandedness contributed to this.

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        by billlaurelMD on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 02:12:59 PM PDT

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