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Money for levees went to Mardi Gras, overpasses, PI, legal fees...

The article "Is the Orleans Levee Board doing its job?" would be funny if it weren't so disturbing.
- $2.4 million on the Mardi Gras Fountain...
- $15 million for overpasses to Bally's riverboat casino...
- $45,000 for "private investigators to dig up dirt on radio host and board critic Robert Namer"...
- $45,000 on the settlement after Namer sued...

Critics charge, for years, the board has paid more attention to marinas, gambling and business than to maintaining the levees. As an example: of 11 construction projects now on the board's Web site, only two are related to flood control.
"I assure you," says Levee Board President Jim Huey, "that you will find that all of our money was appropriately expended."
Huey says money for the levees comes from a different account than money for business activities and that part of the board's job is providing recreational opportunities.
And despite the catastrophic flooding, Huey says, "As far as the overall flood protection system, it's intact, it's there today, it worked. In 239 miles of levees, 152 floodgates, and canals throughout this entire city, there was only two areas."
But those two critical areas were major canals and their collapse contributed to hundreds of deaths and widespread destruction.

Whether the Board could have done anything about the floodwalls that failed will probably be determined later.
UPDATE: Huey has resigned, and "AG Foti: fmr. Levee Board president Jim Huey broke law".