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After a hurricane in 2005, Sandy Rosenthal was driven to lead a team that would show that–in New Orleans–the disaster thought of as "Katrina" was in fact the worst civil engineering disaster in the history of the United States. Rosenthal founded Levees.org because she couldn't bear to watch the assault on the survivors by the government and mainstream media.

Entries by Sandy Rosenthal

Pre-Katrina and Today, the Army Corps of Engineers Always Has the Final Say

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 11:38 PM

This week, the New York Times Magazine featured John Barry and his brainchild, the lawsuit against 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies filed in New Orleans. Barry filed the unprecedented lawsuit while he was a commissioner with Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East (SLFPA-East), a new form of...

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The Citizens Fight Against Big Oil in Louisiana Continues

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 11:45 AM

When I heard that the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East had filed lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies, I, as the founder of Levees.org, urged our board to immediately and publicly support the suit which demanded that the energy industry fix the coast that it helped...

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Steep Flood Insurance Rate Increases Are Result of Federal Government's Mistakes

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 4:36 PM

The steep premium increases in flood insurance being seen by policyholders all across the nation are the direct result of the federal government's failed levees in New Orleans in 2005.

While the worst rate spikes will occur gradually over a period of years -- thanks...

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Settlement Is Not Admission of Guilt in New Orleans Flooding during Katrina

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 3:56 PM

Recently, the New Orleans Advocate reported on how most efforts to win legal claims for flood damage during Katrina have failed. Key cases against the Army Corps of Engineers, the architect and contractor for the failed levees, were undercut by successive court decisions that found the federal agency...

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A Sound Reason to Oppose the Big Oil Law Suit in Louisiana Doesn't Exist

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 8:59 AM

It's embarrassing enough that the governor of Louisiana would side with corporate interests in trying to abort the lawsuit filed by public officials against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies for damaging the coast.

But equally telling is how rapidly he went ballistic on behalf of Big Oil.

The...

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Can Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Make the Big Oil Lawsuit Go Away?

(6) Comments | Posted September 28, 2013 | 6:42 PM

Last week, Garret Graves, speaking for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, told the nominating committee for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East that the Governor would refuse to approve the reappointment of John Barry and Tim Doody should the committee recommend the two currently serving commissioners.

The surprisingly candid announcement came...

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The Bush Presidential Museum Has Erased the New Orleans Katrina Story

(23) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 1:22 PM

As the residents of New Orleans prepare to observe the Hurricane Katrina Anniversary, attention has been drawn to the newly opened George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.

Specifically, there is consternation over how the gleaming structure -- which operates with $6 million of taxpayer support every year...

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The High Cost of Suppressing Academic Freedom at Louisiana State University

(3) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 10:43 AM

Within days of Louisiana State University's settlement in a lawsuit filed by one of its professors, sordid details became public detailing the suppression of academic freedom and the excessive amount of money the flagship university spent in fighting the case.

Documents from a Public Records Request made by Levees.org...

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Army Corps Critic Settles in Suit Against LSU

(3) Comments | Posted February 16, 2013 | 6:23 PM

Ivor van Heerden - the independent expert who spoke out for residents harmed in the 2005 flood during Katrina - was scheduled to get his day in court starting on February 19th.

Author of The Storm and state-appointed leader of a post-Katrina levee investigation, Dr. van Heerden concluded that the...

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Hurricane Sandy Reveals That Evacuating Is No Holiday

(34) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 6:43 PM

One week after Hurricane Katrina, Rick Santorum, then a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania recommended penalties for New Orleans residents who did not evacuate in advance of the storm. He reasoned that rescue personnel had been put at risk, and therefore consequences should be meted out to those who...

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Should Flood Survivors of Hurricane Sandy Relocate?

(28) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 9:13 PM

Before Hurricane Sandy struck the northeast, the prevailing attitude in Washington, D.C. and much of America toward Katrina survivors was that hurricanes and flooding were New Orleans' problem.

Myself, a resident of that cultural gem, I was considered partly responsible for my losses when the government-built levees broke and...

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Sandy on Hurricane Sandy

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 12:11 AM

When the Governor of Massachusetts recommended that all college classes be cancelled today due to Hurricane Sandy, he also canceled my presentation at my alma mater, Mount Holyoke College.

I had been invited to tell the student body about my leadership of Levees.org, which I founded in New...

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Corps of Engineers Commander Has Confessed

(15) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 2:32 PM

After the flooding during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, top brass with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conceded it had failed in its directive to protect New Orleans from hurricane storm surge. At the same time, the Corps also fingered New Orleans officials as playing a contributing role in the...

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The Character Assassination of Dr. Bob Bea

(40) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 10:23 AM

Attorneys for the United States continue to spend taxpayer dollars in their efforts to defend the Army Corps of Engineers from liability for the failure of its levees and flood protection in the New Orleans region during Katrina.

The federal attorneys' most recent strategy apparently was an attempted character assassination...

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Civic Group Creates First Ever Levee Breach Bike Tour

(2) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 10:20 AM

Believing that bicycle tours are less disruptive to residential neighborhoods than tour busses, a civic group formed in New Orleans after Katrina has rolled out a Levee Disaster Bike Tour.

Created by Levees.org, the tour is self-guided and features three major levee breaches that occurred in what were formerly densely...

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The Start of Hurricane Season and Quick Drive-by Levee Inspections

(18) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 7:27 PM

On the first day of Hurricane Season, June 1, a certain unease creeps into the city of New Orleans.

Residents begin checking the weather forecasts for low depression spots, the harbingers of monster storms. And they start thinking about levees partly because shortly after the devastating flood during Katrina, the...

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Lancing the Greenie Myth of New Orleans

(34) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 9:24 AM

In the immediate political aftermath of the New Orleans Flood, conservative commentators fanned a myth that environmentalists blocked the Army Corps of Engineers' original plans for barrier structures and forced the federal agency to choose an alternate inferior design that could not protect the city from Hurricane Katrina's surge.

No...

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Federal Lawyers Seek to Overturn Ruling on Army Corps' Liability for Katrina Levee Failure

(35) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 8:14 AM

This week in New Orleans, federal lawyers attempted to overturn a November 2009 ruling that found the Army Corps of Engineers guilty of negligent maintenance of a shipping channel in eastern New Orleans and thus financially liable for damages that occurred during Hurricane Katrina.

Justice Department lawyers argued before a...

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Insistent Appeals to Evacuate Did Not Warn That the Levees Could Break

(67) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 3:50 PM

In the days and weeks after the levees broke in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, many members of Congress blamed the flood victims for their predicament. One Congressman proposed punishment for those who did not evacuate. Another proposed requiring survivors to get a job to qualify...

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How Congress Rewarded the Corps of Engineers for Drowning New Orleans

(24) Comments | Posted August 29, 2011 | 10:38 AM

Hurricane Katrina exposed more than 50 incidences of design and construction flaws in the Army Corps of Engineers' levee system in and around New Orleans.

When Congress handed the Corps $15 billion and told the agency to build it right this time, perhaps it was believed that...

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