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  Sen. David Vitter blames Plaquemines Parish flooding on lack of federal levees
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ContributorBrandonius Maximus 
Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Sep 06, 2011 04:00pm
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AuthorJeff Adelson
MediaNewspaper - New Orleans Times-Picayune
News DateTuesday, September 6, 2011 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSen. David Vitter, R-La., placed the blame for weekend flooding during Tropical Storm Lee in Plaquemines Parish squarely at the feet of the Army Corps of Engineers and President Barack Obama in a letter sent to the administration Tuesday.

The letter focused on the New Orleans to Venice project, a plan to raise the levees in Plaquemines Parish to between 8 feet and 10 feet that has been shelved by the corps. Corps officials have said that proposal was not "economically justified" and asked that local governments put up about a third of the funding necessary to raise the levees, Vitter said.

"After Hurricane Katina, Congress directed the Corps to complete the flood protection system in Louisiana by 2011. President Obama has committed to fully complete it, but today, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Lee, we're seeing the damage caused by their lack of action," Vitter said in a statement released to the media.

Vitter's letter noted that corps, state and local officials plan to host a "Day of Recognition" on Friday.
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