It Wasn't Katrina That Damaged New Orleans

RECEIVED Tue., Nov. 12, 2013

Dear Editor,
    I understand why the “Famous Cajun Pie Man” made the decision to move to Austin, though we miss him terribly [“'Bon Temps' and Tasty Pies,” Food, Nov. 8]. While I enjoyed the review, and the descriptions of the food made my mouth water (I am a NOLA girl, after all), I was dismayed to once again see the destruction of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina blamed on the storm itself.
    Hurricane Katrina did not damage New Orleans. It is a fact that the levees began to fail and be breached as Katrina was making its second landfall early in the morning of Aug. 29, 2005.
    The devastation was due to a man-made, civil engineering disaster of epic proportions. Both the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and the American Society of Civil Engineers found the flooding of New Orleans to be a direct result of the levee failure, and placed responsibility on the Army Corps of Engineers.
    I hope that Mr. Hegger’s business continues to thrive, and I’m happy that Austin gets to sample our culinary delights. But please show some respect to his hometown and report the truth.
Winter Randall
New Orleans, La.
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