77 Billion. . . wow

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  1. 'tween_fly_ways

    'tween_fly_ways Moderator Moderator

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    I wonder how their normal requests for federal dollars will go from here on out. . .

    . . . and if they've thought through what may come out in any trial, concerning the city's use of previous funds ostensibly earmarked for levee maintenance. . .


    N.O. asks whopping $77 billion in claim to corps
    Entergy, S&WB also seek millions on form
    Friday, March 02, 2007
    By Michelle Krupa,

    Submitting a claim for a staggering $77 billion, the city of New Orleans joined tens of thousands of would-be plaintiffs who rushed to beat a Thursday deadline to alert the Army Corps of Engineers that they may sue for losses resulting from the levee breaches after Hurricane Katrina.

    Also joining the queue were Entergy New Orleans, the city's bankrupt electrical utility, which is seeking $655 million, and the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, which put in a claim of about $460 million, spokesmen for the agencies said.

    While they are likely to be among the largest filed, the three claims became part of an avalanche of paperwork that poured into the corps' Leake Avenue headquarters as Thursday's 11:59 p.m. deadline approached, corps personnel said.

    By the time of the morning commute, cars already had clogged the two-lane River Road and miles of connecting arteries. The miles-long traffic jam got so thick that the federal agency established satellite pick-up points on Carrollton Avenue and Magazine Street.

    "We took people out of offices to help out: engineers, lawyers, secretaries, you name it," spokesman Chris Accardo said. "At one time, we might have had 50 people out there."

    Hours before the cut-off time, enough bags and boxes of claim forms had arrived to fill an 8-by-10-foot room, corps spokeswoman Kathy Gibbs said.



    http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpage/index.ssf?/base/news-7/1172820716124610.xml&coll=1
     
  2. yellowlab03

    yellowlab03 Elite Refuge Member

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    Alll for a city that will flood again the next time a hurricane hits it? And people are ticked about Iraq?


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  3. Richard

    Richard Elite Refuge Member

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    New Orleans can have all the money they want.....

    Just as soon as they either refund the Federal Government for all the levey money they received and didn't properly utilize.

    Or.....

    They prove that the COE money actually went to levies and dikes....

    Otherwise.....


    NO SOUP FOR YOU...:fp
     
  4. okie drake

    okie drake Elite Refuge Member

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    And we're surprised these folks didn't escape before the hurricane hit?

    Let me be very serious for a minute. If our govt takes our money and builds homes back in there below sea level and gives them to people, somebody should be strung up. When are we gonna wake up?
     
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    Something tells me when the requests get denied, the mayor of NO will make it out to be a race issue.
     
  6. 'tween_fly_ways

    'tween_fly_ways Moderator Moderator

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    Lots of crap swirling around the bowl. ..

    1) I believe the COE IS largely responsible for what happened in N.O.


    H O W E V E R

    --they worked with the best knowledge they had (limited historical data)
    --corruption within N.O. and LA public works was rampant
    --everyone that lived there knew--or was responsible for knowing the risks

    2) We will NEVER eliminate the risk to N.O. unless new and imaginative solutions are developed

    --the Mississippi is trying desperately to change course per historical precedent, and we/COE are fighting it as if our financial lives depended upon it (and they may)
    --nature WILL trump herself eventually

    3) The 20/20 hindsight righteousness. . . or complete disregard for personal responsibility. . . or rush to profit from personal negligence transposed. . . sickens me to the core
     
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    flashman Elite Refuge Member

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    [QUOTE='tween_fly_ways]
    2) We will NEVER eliminate the risk to N.O. unless new and imaginative solutions are developed

    --the Mississippi is trying desperately to change course per historical precedent, and we/COE are fighting it as if our financial lives depended upon it (and they may)
    --nature WILL trump herself eventually[/QUOTE]

    This shows how well anthropogenic solutions work on a natural phenomenon. We can only screw things up if we attempt to intervene.

    If we tried to re-arrange the times Old Faithful erupted we would probably set off the Yellowstone caldera.
     
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    Why did the city and parrish maintained levees fail and the Corps maintained levees not fail?

    That is my Q

    Yes the Corps built them but the breaches were parish and city maintained areas for the most part.
     

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