In New Orleans, the Disaster Continues

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Ernesto is now just a tropical storm, but it was the first hurricane of a new season. Meantime, politicians of both parties, including President Bush, are streaming into New Orleans for tomorrow's first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Under direction from Congress, the Army Corps of Engineers has spent a billion dollars to bring the city's flood protection back where it was before Katrina. Despite billions in federal spending, there's not even a plan for rebuilding 12 months after America's worst natural disaster. If there were another Katrina, could levees rebuilt by the Army Corps of Engineers hold back the water? What does race have to do with the lack of planning? We hear about the slow and painful process of recovery.

Credits

Guests:
Mark Schleifstein - Times-Picayune - @mschleifsteintp, Elliott Stonecipher - independent demographic analyst, Ivor van Heerden - Center for the Study of Public Health Impact of Hurricanes, John Meador - Deputy Director, Task Force Hope

Host:
Warren Olney