12/13/2005 08:46 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Corps Clears Part of Its Name

WWL radio, WGNO TV and the Times Picayune all report today on the Army Corps of Engineers pulling up sheet piling from areas directly adjacent to the part of the 17th St. Canal floodwall that breached following Katrina. The conclusion: the pilings were in fact the length specified in the plans, 17 feet, not the ten feet discovered by independent forensic investigators. Why the discrepancy between the sonar findings and the pilings actually unearthed? That's one question yet to be answered. The other is more pertinent: was the design itself faulty? The TP story quotes at least one authority in the affirmative. Don't look for any of this in the national media.