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To compensate for this problem, New Orleans uses pumps to push the water to the outside of the levees for drainage. The nightmare aftermath of Hurricane Katrina started at the confluence of political wrangling and fiscal irresponsibility. S. Army Corps of Engineers had known for years that the foundation for the levees was substandard and not safe to build on. One of the major negative reports to the Corps’ Board of Contract Appeals had been made by Pittman Construction back in 1998. There were also maintenance concerns dating back at least forty years.

Lake Pontchartrain, the Mississippi River, and the nearby Gulf of Mexico are all lapping at its perimeter, constantly trying to get in. Not that New Orleans is helpless. Most of us have heard of the famous levees and many who slept through geography in school tend to think of them as natural protection on which people work, play, and enjoy the view. In truth they were built by the Army Corps of Engineers starting in the late 1800s. Eventually the main defense against unstoppable flooding involved an earthen levee (think Holland’s dikes and the little Dutch boy).

The federal government supports and encourages extensive planning when possible and develops its own contingency plans. There are supply stockpiles and pharmaceutical stockpiles, all of which will be used in an affected state—once the governor puts in the call for help. And while it is considered a given that such requests will be granted, the nature of the Constitution and Supreme Court decisions concerning the rights of the states makes the request procedure a formality that cannot be avoided.

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