Sangisetty Demands Hurricane Protection

August 31, 2010

“I’m tired of the same old empty promises from Washington about hurricane protection.” Army Corps of Engineers must be stripped of its power

HOUMA, La. — Ravi Sangisetty, Democratic nominee for Congress in Louisiana’s Third District, said five years after Hurricane Katrina and two years after Hurricane Gustav, the federal government still fails at disaster protection.

“In South Louisiana, we know Washington is broken,” Sangisetty said. “Five years ago, the whole country learned we are right.”

Sangisetty said the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina quickly became a man-made disaster after weeks of negligence from federal disaster relief agencies. The federal government’s continued inability to protect coastal communities was even clearer three years later when Hurricane Gustav hit, he said.

“I’m tired of the same old empty promises from Washington about hurricane protection,” Sangisetty said. “We can’t sit back and allow more taxpayer-funded studies. We need solutions. This is our coast and our home, not Washington’s testing ground for disaster relief.”

The federal agency tasked with hurricane protection has been inept, Sangisetty said.

“The motto for the Army Corps of Engineers is ‘Let us try,’” Sangisetty said. “We let them try, and they failed. Now we need to put the power to protect our communities in local hands. If it is left to the people of South Louisiana, projects will be completed on time and on budget.”

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