Sunday, December 18, 2005

Clinton in NO :
"Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton toured areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina and expressed concern Sunday that efforts to repair the city's levees might not be enough to protect New Orleans' residents from future hurricanes.

'There is a need to go back and find out what went wrong,' Clinton said. 'What more do we need to do to protect this area?'

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Stuart Waits told Clinton that a breach at the Industrial Canal, which contributed to the widespread flooding, should be repaired by June 1, just in time for the next hurricane season. But unless the corps is authorized to strengthen the levee's existing structure, and given enough money to do so, the levee likely won't withstand more than a Category 3 hurricane.

As Congress considers $29 billion in hurricane assistance that would pay for levee repairs and upgrades, Clinton, D-N.Y., said she hopes her colleagues in Washington understand the importance.

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