Friday, January 20, 2006

Rebuild New Orleans Commission makes numerous recommendations.
"Members of Mayor Ray Nagin’s Bring New Orleans Back panel recommended “layers of protection” Wednesday to prevent a repeat of the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina flooding, including building jetties and pumps where three major drainage canals enter Lake Pontchartrain and a 300-foot dam on the lake end of the Industrial Canal at the Seabrook Bridge.

The Levees Subcommittee of the panel’s Infrastructure Committee also proposed that a 175-foot-wide weir-like flood control structure be built across the merged channel of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and the Intracoastal Waterway near Paris Road in eastern New Orleans.

The Infrastructure Committee’s Public Transportation and Criminal Justice subcommittees also released their final reports, with the transportation panel calling for a “truly regional transit system” and the continuation of the Louisiana Swift transit service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and the public safety panel suggesting the creation of a regional criminal justice task force made up of local and state officials.

Also Wednesday, the Bring New Orleans Back Commission’s Health & Social Services Committee presented its recommendations to the mayor, including preparing hospitals, nursing homes and other health-care providers for disasters; shifting the health-care focus from institutional care to preventive medicine; and maintaining a university teaching hospital in New Orleans."

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