Friday, December 09, 2005

Vitter: "We didn't have Category 3 protection."

Reuters AlertNet - Louisiana Senator proposes stronger hurricane plan:
"Businesses and city residents say a comprehensive hurricane safety plan is fundamental to rebuilding efforts. Doubts remain about the viability of heavily flooded neighborhoods as long as no clear protection is outlined.

Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, proposed a near-term plan of building Category 3 protection, aiming to complete as much of the project as possible by June 1 as a new hurricane season arrives next year. He estimated the cost at $3.5 billion to $4 billion, well above proposed allocations by the administration.

'We didn't have Category 3 protection' during Katrina, Vitter told reporters. 'We need true, robust Category 3 protection in the short term.'"

Well, we need more that that. But just protection that actually does what the Corps of Engineers says it does would be a relief.

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