I'm still here
The Corps is still going great guns in its "Back to Bureaucracy" strategy, continuing NOT to issue most contracts for the work on Orleans Parish's pump stations. I have acquired a detailed schedule, dated November 1, 2006. It shows the Corps' plans to have contractors working in the pump stations all through next year's hurricane season, until the middle of November, 2007.
Of the eleven post-Katrina pump station repair contracts, work has been completed on just one. We are now fifteen months after the storm and thirteen months after the Corps authorized itself to work outside its normal strangling regulations to repair the pump stations. The Corps should use that authority, as it recognizes the emergency through which New Orleans is still suffering. The Corps' lackadaisical attitude does nothing to help, it only extends the emergency.
I'll be posting more details on this in the coming days about this.