The System Failures From Limited Funding

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Levee System Failures from Limited Funding Abstract Hurricane Katrina was one of the most damaging hurricanes in the U.S. history. This disaster was not only due to natural causes, but to the catastrophic levee failure resulting from the storm surge. The public widely reprimanded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) afterwards since they built the New Orleans Levee System. However, the Corps of Engineers was unable to rebuild the outdated levee system due to lack of federal funding. This paper will focus on how President George. W. Bush and Congress were culpable for not providing enough funding for the proposed flood protection projects. While both the president and Congress were at fault, this paper is directed towards Congress since it is more feasible for Congress to prevent similar disasters from happening in the future. Rights ethics and Utilitarianism principles will be used to assess Bush’s administration’s actions and then corresponding recommendations will be provided. From August 23rd to August 31st in 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in Louisiana and affected nearby states such as Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. The hurricane caused enormous floods, especially in regions around New Orleans, resulting in thousands of deaths and a city of debris. Shockingly, however, the main cause of the flood was not the storm from the hurricane, but the massive failure of the levee system. Ironically, many publications before Hurricane Katrina indicated that
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