Thursday, December 15, 2005

LSU expert defends piling tests

Times Picayune:
Van Heerden:
'The fact that the corps found some sheet piling sunk to minus 17 does not negate the fact that we had catastrophic structural failures of the levees in 58 locations around New Orleans,' he said.

'I was fortunate enough to tour a number of the major levee systems and flood control structures in the Netherlands, and their levees make ours look extremely sad,' said van Heerden, who returned from a tour of the Dutch levee system Tuesday. 'As an American, I feel the sooner the Corps of Engineers accepts responsibility, the sooner we can move forward. The Dutch have all the technology that we need, and building a world-class levee system for southeast Louisiana is an extremely doable task.'"

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