Expert: New Orleans Is Prepared for Isaac
August 28, 2012
Texas Tech associate professor can discuss levee system failures and improvements.
Seven years to the day, a less powerful storm isforecastedto make landfall in New
Orleans, even as evidence of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction still lingers in that
city. Much of the blame was centered on the catastrophic failures of the levee system,
designed to protect residents from the storm surge.
Isaac continues to gain strength Tuesday, and is expected to come ashore as a Category
1 hurricane. Texas Tech associate professor Ted Cleveland can provide insight as to
the state of the levees.
Ted Cleveland, associate professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Whitacre College
of Engineering, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Personal experience from Houston, during Tropical Storm Allison and Hurricanes Katrina
- The levee system failures during Hurricane Katrina
- Design changes to the improved levee system
- “During Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ levee system actually did pretty well until
the pumps failed in one location and there was a piping breach. These multiple points
of failure contributed to the catastrophic failure we all watched on TV.”
- “Since that time, the piping problem is better understood. The system was rebuilt
and now incorporates interlocking levees, meaning that some parts can fail without
compromising the whole thing.”
- “If this slow-moving storm continues at the current speed (10 mph) or faster, it should
pass over the city fast enough that the flood control system should perform well.
However, if it parks on the city and is a rainmaker, then there will be changes.”