Matt at Fix the Pumps has a new post which examines “a set of condititions which are more likely to cause flooding in New Orleans than before Katrina.” Central to those conditions is the decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to not fix the outfall canal walls in NOLA and instead put up floodgates. I highly recommend reading Matt’s entire post but here is the concluding paragraph…
The Corps will not fix the walls. They will rely on their beloved yet
untested, unproven, and defective floodgates (we won’t really know they
work until a storm hits), leaving New Orleans in a more perilous
condition than before Katrina. Residents should think long and hard
about relying on the gates, the MWI pumps, and the unrepaired walls to
save them. The situation has become unbearable, and I hope people
realize it before the worst happens, rather than when it’s too late.