Friday, February 10, 2006


Brown rolls over on Bushco

When the frat brothers roll over on you, you are in trouble. Lara Jakes Jordan of AP, on AOL: ''I find it a little disingenuous. For them to claim that we didn't have awareness of it is just baloney.'' and "The policies and decisions implemented by the DHS put FEMA on a path to failure." Meanwhile, if you want to read the National Weather Service's verdict and can endure PDF, click here. An unofficial storm tide (actual level of sea water) observation of 28 feet at the Hancock, Mississippi Emergency Operations Center suggests that the storm surge produced by Katrina was as high as about 27 feet at that location. This observation provides an indication of the magnitude of the event, and comparable surge heights could have occurred along other portions of the western and central Gulf coast of Mississippi. The surge appears to have penetrated at least six miles inland in many portions of coastal Mississippi and up to 12 miles inland along bays and rivers. Here's the potential dynamite in the report: Several of the levees and floodwalls were overtopped and/or breached at different times on the day of landfall, although the specific times and exact causes of failure remain uncertain as of this writing. The surge overtopped large sections of the levees during the morning of 29 August east of New Orleans, in Orleans Parish and St. Bernard Parish, and it also pushed water up the Intracoastal Waterway and into the Industrial Canal. ...Breaches along both the Industrial Canal east of downtown New Orleans and the 17th Street Canal northwest of downtown appear to have occurred during the early morning on 29 August, possibly even before the eye made initial landfall in Louisiana. This is why this is interesting. Elsewhere in New Orleans, flooding was gradual enough that people had time to escape. But the Ninth Ward was inundated. Oh, and notice why that school bus wasn't used to transport people out. I mean, assuming that the Gretna police wouldn't have shot the "looters" on any bus that tried to leave.
And if you don't trust "bloggers", here's the Times-Picayune's Officially Approved report

A loose barge may have caused a large breach in the east side of the Industrial Canal floodwall that accelerated Hurricane Katrina's rising floodwaters in the Lower Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish, Army Corps of Engineers project manager Al Naomi said Monday.

Whose barge?

A poster at Kos said Ingram Barge Company. I think this is probably the Orrin Ingram of Franklin TN, president of Ingram Industries. His contributions are pretty interesting.

Oh, he gave $1,000 to Gore back in 1999. If (and the connection to the flooding of New Orleans is speculation at this point), watch the media focus on that $1,000 and ignore the rest. Those guys are so very good at that.
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