Total411.info has obtained video of an ABC News report featuring an
earwitness to explosives used to destroy the Industrial Canal in New Orleans.
Here's the video, and
here's the transcript:
DAVID MUIR, ABC NEWS: This is the actual levee that runs along
the canal on the eastern side of the city. And when the hurricane hit, the water
came through at such force, it was apparently too much. You can see the massive
breach here, and when you look around the corner you can see what the water
did to the Lower Ninth Ward. It completely destroyed neighborhoods.
JOE EDWARDS, JR., 9TH WARD RESIDENT: I heard something go BOOM!
MUIR: Joe Edwards rushed to get himself and as many neighbors
as possible into his truck. They drove to this bridge, where they've been living
EDWARDS: My house broke in half. My mother's house just disintegrated.
It was a brick house. All the houses down there floated down the street like
somebody's guiding 'em
MUIR: Was it solely the water that broke the levee, or was
it the force of this barge that now sits where homes once did? Joe Edwards says
neither. People are so bitter, so disenfranchised in this neighborhood, they
actually think the city did it, blowing up the levee to save richer neighborhoods
like the French Quarter.
MUIR: So you're convinced . . .
EDWARDS: I know this happened!
MUIR: . . . they broke the levee on purpose?
EDWARDS: They blew it!
MUIR: New Orleans' mayor says there's no credence to this.
NEW ORLEANS MAYOR RAY NAGIN: That storm was so powerful and
it pushed so much water, there's no way anyone could have calculated what levee
to dynamite to have the kind of impact to save the French Quarter.
MUIR: An LSU expert who looked at the video today says, while
the barge may have caused it, it was most likely the sheer force of the water
that brought the levee along the Lower Ninth Ward down.
(NOTE: It is not clear at all that blowing the Industrial Canal could have "saved"
the Quarter, or that the Quarter was in danger at all.)