Latest Mississippi River Delta News: August 28, 2012
Caution reigns along Gulf Coast as Katrina’s lessons in play
By Rick Jervis, USA Today. August 28, 2012.
“NEW ORLEANS – Levees are stronger, flood walls higher and residents and cities better prepared…” (Read more)
Sen. Vitter says focus should be on restoring wetlands
WWL-TV. August 28, 2012.
“NEW ORLEANS — Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner has voiced his displeasure with the Corps of Engineers and the fact that, for decades, his town has been kept out of the levee protection system…” (Read more)
New Orleans’ Ninth Ward Residents Are Skeptical About Levees
By Timothy W. Martin, The Wall Street Journal. August 27, 2012.
“Residents of New Orleans’ Ninth Ward were boarding up their windows, packing up essentials and leaving the low-lying neighborhood on Monday, with few of the evacuating crowd expressing any faith that the levees are likely to hold back floods from Tropical Storm Isaac…” (Read more)
Coastal leaders want BP to clean up its mess
By Susan Buchanan, The Louisiana Weekly. August 27, 2012.
“Regional leaders at a Gulf Coast Restoration Summit, held in New Orleans on August 17, said they’re relieved that Congress passed the RESTORE Act in June, especially given Washington’s gridlock. But they’re unsure when money from RESTORE, which devotes 80 percent of BP’s Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 spill to Gulf states, will be available. Meanwhile, the coast is grappling with the spill’s aftermath. Liquid and matted oil linger in coastal marshes and tarballs continue to wash up on Grand Isle…” (Read more)