I enjoyed reading Mr. Cohen’s article about White Linen and it’s origin in New Orleans. I must point out a discrepancy. It was stated “…Hurricane Katrina’s devastation….” In actuality the hurricane was a wind event. What caused the devastation to New Orleans was the flooding that resulted from the failure of the federal flood protection around the city. After Hurricane Betsy in 1965, when there was flooding in New Orleans, congress mandated the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide flood protection. Through the decades that protection was not built well. After Hurricane Katrina, Sandy Rosenthal founded Levees.org to expose the Corps’ poor work. For a while the Corps refused to accept responsibility, but it was proved that the failures were largely the result of the agency’s improper designs and construction. Levees.org has become a watchdog group over seeing the Corps’ inspection reports and new construction. Because of the flood protection failures, New Orleans became the victim of the worst man made disaster to ever happen in this country.
While Mr. Cohen provides a valuable resource to the folks of Houston he does a disservice to New Orleans in the short piece referenced in the June 2 edition. In it he claims that Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. The US Army Corps of Engineers, with their failed federal levee system, is what actually did the damage in The Big Easy.