Citizen involvement made the difference when Hurricane Isaac struck

September 06, 2012

In the interest of journalistic accuracy, Hurricane Katrina did not devastate the city of New Orleans ("We built that," Sept. 3). The hurricane itself did very little damage. Monday, after the storm left, citizens discovered that water was rising in the city as a result of breaches in the levees.

More than 80 percent of the city flooded as a result of breaches in poorly designed and constructed levees. And the same U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that built the failed levees built the new infrastructure that protected the city from Hurricane Isaac.

One difference, however, was in citizen vigilance questioning and supervising the structures. Government must indeed invest in the infrastructure of our country, but citizens must also inform themselves, challenge and question when necessary.

Ann Sayas, New Orleans

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