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RE: Journalist query: New Orleans levee/floodwall breaches

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I recommend that you contact the American Society of Civil Engineers.  They are in the early stages of a major investigation.  Specifically, I recommend that you contact either of the following two people:
Charles V. Dinges
Managing Director of External Affairs
Washington, DC
John Durrant, P.E.
Managing Director of Engineering Programs
Reston, VA
Best regards,
Stan R. Caldwell, P.E., F.ASCE, F.AEI
ASCE Technical Region Director-Elect
Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
Vice President
8616 Northwest Plaza Drive
Dallas, Texas 75225
Phone 214-346-6280
Fax 214-739-0095

I am a reporter for The Times-Picayune of New Orleans. I am researching the engineering issues raised by the structural failures in several canal floodwalls in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina (and the ongoing problems with Hurricane Rita) and am seeking expertise/input from structural engineers and other scientists with expertise in the area of materials science. 


Trying to develop a deeper understanding of the forces that would have been acting on floodwalls with high water in the canals, various failure dynamics, etc.

Any help/references appreciated. 




John McQuaid

The Times-Picayune, New Orleans

Washington bureau

1101 Connecticut Avenue NW s. 300

Washington, DC 20036