March 17, 2008

Book Review - The Storm

The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina - The Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist
Ivor Van Heerden and Mike Bryan
HV 636 .G85 V36 2007

An expert on disaster planning, Van Heerden has spent years warning about the possibility of a devistaing flood in New Orleans. After the hurricane, he was one of the first to challenge the official version of events and led the official Louisiana state investigation into the causes of the flood. He discovered construction inadequacies in the levees that protected the city and investigated the failures of city politicians and federal agencies that prevented a swift and effective response to the disaster. Although the vast majority of the book is spent revealing the findings of his investigation and criticizing the participants who both caused the disaster and those who did not take corrective actions, he also puts forward a plan that he believes could prevent another Katrina-like disaster from happening in the future.