The Army Corps of Engineers should host the full IPET investigation of the August 2005 levee failures on its government website!
I demand that the US Army Corps of Engineers host its full federal levee investigation report (IPET) on its government website.
In terms of people, property and infrastructure, the failure of levees and floodwalls on August 29, 2005 in New Orleans is the worst civil engineering disaster in US history.
The Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force (IPET) report – commissioned by the US Army Corps of Engineers in October 2005 – evaluated the performance of the hurricane protection system.
But the 7,500-page final report – which concluded that levees and floodwalls failed to perform as designed – is not available on a federal website.
In 2013, the Army Corps of Engineers removed the full IPET report – and all the interim reports, information and drawings – from view by citizens of the United States.
At this time, only the final report and appendices can be found online, and that is hosted by LSU.
The tragedy of the corps’ failed levees and floodwalls should not be hidden away.
Documentation - specifications, reports, and drawings - of what led directly to the tragedy should be available to anyone wanting to see it.
A number of the corps' own engineering technical letters and engineering manuals cite the IPET report as sources.
Not having the report and its underlying data available means a full understanding of how the corps responded in the years following 2005 is not possible.
The complete IPET report is paid for by the citizens of the US; therefore,
I, the undersigned, join Levees.org in demanding that the full IPET report, including interim reports and drawings, be made available on, and downloadable from, the Army Corps of Engineers’ website.
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