Letter: N.O. levee failures man-made

Re: “Judge rejects lawsuit over Dixie brewery,” by Danny Monteverde, June 17.

I am not a fan of Gov. Bobby Jindal, nor what I consider the unnecessary destruction of wide swaths of the city for the new medical complex, but at the same time, I am not familiar enough with the specifics of the Veterans Administration plan to comment on the legitimacy of Dixie’s fight over the brewery building.

What I do know, however, is that Hurricane Katrina did not damage New Orleans. While the author attempts to put the truth into perspective —“until the post-Katrina levee failures inundated the city with flood waters” — it is fact that the levees began to fail and be breached as Katrina was making its second landfall early in the morning of Aug. 29, 2005.

The devastation was caused by a man-made, civil engineering disaster of epic proportions. Both the U.S. District Court of Louisiana and the American Society of Civil Engineers found the flooding of New Orleans to be a direct result of the levee failure, and placed responsibility on the Army Corps of Engineers.

While I applaud The Advocate’s presence in New Orleans, I strongly urge Monteverde, and indeed, all of the staff of the newspaper, to report the truth regarding Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans.

Winter Randall


New Orleans