Friday, September 23, 2005

Problems with the levees again

This is breaking from CNN:

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Water washed over a levee in New Orleans' hard-hit 9th Ward on Friday as Hurricane Rita swept towards the region, the Army Corps of Engineers said.

Heavy rain and intensifying winds from the storm had reached the city Friday, threatening the city's already battered city levees.

Mayor Ray Nagin said Thursday that levees breached when Hurricane Katrina hit the city on August 29 have been shored up ahead of the new storm.

Workers have been bolstering the levees with sandbags and bringing in extra portable pumps.

Nagin expressed confidence that the levees would hold.

"The Army Corps of Engineers has done some work to assure us that they can handle that type of storm surge in the current condition at our levees," Nagin told reporters.