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NOLA Levee Repair Costs Triple

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In case anyone missed this.....

"The Bush administration said yesterday that the cost of rebuilding New Orleans's levees to federal standards has nearly tripled to $10 billion and that there may not be enough money to fully protect the entire region.

"Donald E. Powell, the administration's rebuilding coordinator, said some areas may be left without the protection of levees strong enough to meet requirements of the national flood insurance program. Those areas probably would face enormous obstacles in attracting home buyers and investors willing to build there.

"The news represents a shift for the administration; President Bush had pledged in the weeks after Hurricane Katrina to rebuild New Orleans "higher and better." Now, some areas may lose out as they compete for levee protection. Powell's announcement, in a conference call with reporters, prompted denunciations from state and local officials who said the federal government is reneging on promises to rebuild the entire region."

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Wow. Good thing there's this immigration kerfuffle to distract most of the country.
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It just makes me sad. It looks to me as it it won't matter anyway, since the levees probably won't be up to even FEMA's standard when and if they get built.

Do you think the administration hopes we get so discouraged that we just agree to bulldoze every place that they don't want to see rebuilt?
So where's that money going to come from now????
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