The Federal Flood



I remember clearly the day we filled out our claim forms in the suit against the Army Corps of Engineers. I live not far from the Army Corps office buildings on Leake Avenue, and the cars were lined up, bumper to bumper. Each car had a driver, holding paper in hand. While it didn’t feel like justice, it did feel like perhaps there would be vindication. Matt McBride sums it up best in this 2007 NPR interview.

At every turn it seems that someone has tried to thwart New Orleanians attempts to have the whole truth and nothing but the truth be told about what happened to our city.

Matt has also returned to blogging at Fix the Pumps. and is writing about the permanent pump stations and the Corps’ seeming determination to opt for the cheaper “Option 1”.

There is an old expression a friend of mine used to use: “Cheaper is dear in the end.” Don’t we know it.

-Karen Gadbois

photo credit: Alysha Jordan

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About Karen Gadbois

Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use. With television reporter Lee Zurik she exposed widespread misuse of city recovery funds and led to guilty pleas in federal court. Her work attracted some of journalism's highest honors, including a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and a gold medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. She can be reached at (504) 606-6013.

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  • Ricardo

    It is time to AGAIN get behind LEVEES.ORG and demand an 8/29 Commission. An investigation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the only way that there is going to be mandated reform.

  • Uuuhhhmm…ok.

  • Bill