If you?ve only gotten your news about Hurricane Katrina from the mainstream media, everything you think you know about Katrina flooding New Orleans is probably wrong. On this first anniversary of the tragedy, while the networks congratulate themselves on their often wildly inaccurate reporting in the days following Katrina, there?s a far more important story not being told.
We?ve all heard the story: In the early morning hours of Aug 29, 2005, the Category 4 Hurricane Katrina roared ashore, overwhelming the New Orleans levee system and flooding the city. That story is, frankly, an urban legend.
In the year since Katrina, we?ve learned that the storm was a Category 1 by the time she hit New Orleans. We?ve also learned that the primary levee breach ? the one that caused 70 percent of the flooding in the city ? was not caused by the storm surge but by poor engineering.
Wow! I am very surprised. You guys are usually very good at what you report but now I have to question what you do. You take one guy's blog and run with it. You have surely hurt your credibility.
The hurricane was a Category 4. A Category 1 hurricane only has winds of 74-95 mph. That's hardly enough to do the type of damage that was done to New Oleans and the surrounding area, not counting the flood damage. A Category 4 has winds of 131-155 mph. I was watching reports from the National Weather Service and other reporting agencies, not the major media.
I personally know people who went down there and the damage was the worst in U.S. history.
I personally went through Hurricane Charley (Category 4), Frances (Category 2), and Jean (Category 3). None of them did the damage that Katrina did, and I'm not just talking about New Orleans.
I don't doubt that the levee broke because of poor engineering. Anything built by the government in the U.S. is not safe. Everybody knows that. Nobody disputes that it was poor engineering, even the gpvernment admits it now.
Please, stick to the Israel stuff. I get enough of the bad reporting about the U.S. from the mainstream media.