But if so, I haven’t seen it and it wasn’t in the otherwise excellent Slate story.
Surely, it was someone’s job to (1) monitor and maintain the integrity of the levees, and (2) guarantee that the pumps were working well and/or that if some failed there would be enough left working to prevent catastrophic flooding.
Remember: The problem was not that there was so much rainfall that the levees overflowed. The problem was that the levees failed, they broke apart, they sprang huge holes and gaps. That should not have happened. Surely, they should be made to withstand the weight of a full reservoir.
Anyone know the answers?