Thursday, February 23, 2006

Powell makes very big commitment to N.O. :
"Protecting this city and the rest of low-lying south Louisiana from killer hurricanes will entail not just building higher levees but restoring wetlands, upgrading pumping capacities and strengthening existing flood defenses, President Bush's adviser on Gulf Coast recovery said Thursday.

Donald Powell made his comments at a summit about levees and their importance in rebuilding this hurricane-battered region. The summit was hosted by Greater New Orleans Inc. and the Southeast Louisiana Business Coalition, two business groups.

'Hurricane protection is a complex issue,' Powell said. 'It involves restoration, it involves wetlands, it involves canals, it involves pumping stations, it involves levees, it involves height.'"

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