From Greg Palast, Investigative Reporter:
In July 2005, Van Heerden told Channel 4 television of Britain that, “In a month, this city could be underwater.” In one month, it was. Van Heerden had sounded the alarm for at least two years, even speaking to George Bush’s White House about an emergency condition: with the Gulf closing in, the levees were 18 inches short. But the Army Corps of Engineers was busy with other rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates.
Read it all at Greg Palast or watch an interview with Thom Hartmann below:
Meanwhile, a review in November 11, 2005 of Science Magazine, suggested that rather than simply not built to withstand a storm of Katrina’s ferocity, engineers said poor design or construction of the levees bears much of the blame.