New Orleans goes to 'levee school'


By Celeste Biever Early last year, a TV interviewer asked Bruce Thompson if he would be her “levee professor” – someone who would explain for her the complex interplay of boards, regulations and engineering that makes up the New Orleans flood protection system. Thompson, who was then an executive member of mayor Ray Nagin’s Bring New Orleans Back commission, felt he was not the person best qualified. Turning to Billy Marchal, a fellow member, Thompson asked, “Who teaches this stuff?” Marchal replied, “No one.” At that point, says Thompson,
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