Sunday, November 18, 2007

Math Is Hard

The Devil, as they say, is in the details:

In June, the Army Corps of Engineers proudly announced that new gates and levee repairs meant residents returning to Lakeview and Old Metairie would see floodwaters reduced by up to 5 1/2 feet if the city were hit by a 100-year hurricane.

They were off by 5 feet.

The reason? The Lakeview data got fouled up when somebody put a minus sign in a calculation that called for a plus sign, Ed Link, leader of the corps-sponsored Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force, said Friday.

I know we have to stay in Iraq until January 20, 2009, but maybe it's time to start a "U.S. Out Of New Orleans" movement?

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