Congressman Steve Scalise today submitted a statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for a committee hearing titled, "A Hearing on New Orleans Hurricane and Flood Protection and Coastal Louisiana."
Scalise urged his colleagues in the House and Senate to support Options 2 and 2a, Category 5 hurricane protection, and beneficial use of dredged material for coastal restoration. Joe Rault, Tom Jackson and Steven Peyronnin of Louisiana all testified at the committee today in support of Options 2 and 2a.
"Our region will not accept flood protection that's based on the cheapest cost rather than the most effective solution to protect our citizens," Scalise said. "I have called on the Corps to revise their plan and build the flood protection that is most effective to protect us from future storms. This is why I strongly support Options 2 and 2a for the 17th Street, London Avenue and Orleans Avenue Canals."
Scalise added, "In addition to stronger levees, we need to be more aggressive in restoring our coast to rebuild the buffer that existed to weaken storms that threatened South Louisiana. We must also demand that the Corps use all the dredged sediment to restore our coastal wetlands, rather than their current approach of dumping most of the sediment into the Gulf."