Shearer spoke with me about his movie,The Big Uneasy, a look at how New Orleans flooded, and the anger stirred by media that came to his new hometown but overlooked the Army Corps' role in flooding it.
The majority of Americans live in counties protected by levees, and the most important ones are built by the US Army Corps of Engineers, whose failure in Louisiana was presumably not an isolated event.
We think it's laudable that the White House is rapidly conducting investigations into the root cause of the BP well failure. But the White House exhibited paralysis after the spectacular engineering failure that flooded 80% of New Orleans.
"The tide is higher then it was for Hurricane Rita and when the wind blows from the south more water will follow. One hundred thousand people in Terrebonne Parish could flood. It looks like Niagra Falls. Please leave."