Regarding the history of blowing up levees
While I was heavily criticized yesterday for posting quote from survivors, I just wanted to point you all to this post by a blogger. The main link of interest is this historical article from the Army Corps of Engineers themselves:
As the wall of water moved south into Louisiana, state and city officials prepared for the worst. Governor James Thomson, with the concurrence of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover and the Corps’ Chief Engineer Edgar Jadwin, authorized a plan to turn the flood into the St. Bernard and Plaquemine Parish marshlands, a desperate attempt to save New Orleans, La.
On April 29, 1927, at a place called Caernarvon, La., 13 miles below Canal Street, in New Orleans, La., 39 tons of dynamite was used to crevasse the levee, sending 250,000 cubic feet of water per second through a fur-rich, tall-grass marshland.
While I fully understand the skeptics of the quotes relating to this, I am willing to listen to people who were in New Orleans. I am willing to listen and as it happens this idea while once hard to grasp seems to make at least a little more sense.
Is this what happened this time? I don’t know.
Is it irresponsible for me to write about things without being able to confirm them? I do not think so. I simply presented what I was told and asked by those same people to tell the world. I stated this at the start of things and I think it’s ridiculous if you feel that every other news angle is somehow 100% objectively proved. I’ve at least gone out of my way to state who my sources are and that it’s what I have been told by survivors.
What I find most amusing is that it was dismissed outright as being impossible that someone would blow up a levee to save a city. Now that history has shown that this has been done before, something done in New Orleans around 75 years ago, I think it’s worth at least trying to get to the bottom of. Or is it still impossible? Is it still just a rumor without any merit? Was anyone there who now has access to a computer and can confirm or deny this? What does the Army Corp of Engineers have to say?