Friday, January 20, 2006

Regional interests oppose levee plans

This was entirely predictable.
"Aiming to guard ongoing flood protection projects and local tax revenue, West Bank politicians, civic leaders and residents have launched a campaign against an effort in the Legislature next month to merge southeast Louisiana levee boards under a single authority.

The parties, working in part through the grassroots Committee For Westbank Hurricane Flood Protection, are bolstered by the fear that a regional superboard would focus on parishes devastated by last year's hurricanes and ignore the West Bank's fragile levee system, which experts say would have been crushed by tidal surge if Katrina made landfall 30 miles farther west."

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