It was tragic then and it’s no better now.
Tonight’s ruling “that the Army Corps of Engineers’ mismanagement of maintenance at the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet was directly responsible for flood damage in St. Bernard Parish and the Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina” cannot undo what this negligence hath wrought.
U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. issued a scathing ruling that opens up the government to billions of dollars in judgments for the good people of New Orleans.
And make no mistake – this is not an indictment against one administration but, rather, indicates an incredible oversight that covered decades of inexplicable inaction.
Keep in mind that Katrina had been downgraded to a Category 3 storm when it made landfall on August 29, 2005. Duval’s judgment that the failure of the levees was directly due to negligence clearly repudiates FEMA’s statement that Katrina was “the single most catastrophic natural disaster in U.S. history.”
Sadly, history will probably remember it that way. But there was nothing natural about it, unfortunately. At least it appears that those directly affected by the tragedy will not be asked to accept that faulty view of the facts.