“What these guys are doing is, they're bringing this levee up to 10 feet, and pre-Katrina, this levee was between 7 and 8 feet.”
“I've been told my house was fine - until the levee broke, ... That's when I got 2 or 3 feet of water in the first floor. ... I haven't seen how bad it is yet. I'm not looking forward to it.”
“Chances are, we're going to break a levee before we reach those flows. We haven't seen levels like this since 1997, and these are significant levels on the lower San Joaquin River.”
“If we don't undertake the levee reconstruction and coastal restoration, we're just leaving New Orleans more vulnerable than it was before.”
Ivor van Heerden
“We're doing repairs on the breaches, but there are many, many, many miles of levee that we don't have any idea of.”
“One lesson we learned from Katrina is that you don't wait 'til the levee breaks to take action.”
“The levee system on the American River is not going to be stressed by this particular storm.”
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