Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Apocalypse Will Be Preceded by Incompetence

Bret McCormick is a good reporter.  He has given us this little gem of a story:
Local officials still don't know exactly what is wrong with the levees along the Red River and within the city of Alexandria.
Chris Brouillette, the executive director of the Red River, Atchafalaya & Bayou Boeuf Levee District, said Tuesday that he still is searching for answers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
That's outright embarrasing.  Why is Chris Brouillette still employed?
Coco said he had spoken to officials at FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city of Alexandria, and nobody seemed to know to which parking lot the letter referred.
"Does anyone know where this parking lot is?" Coco asked.
Brouillette offered a couple of suggestions, with the parking lot across Bayou Rapides Avenue from the Pentecostals of Alexandria being the most likely culprit.
"They never did identify where the parking lot is," he said.
Brouillette suggested Coco again attempt to get an answer from the Corps or FEMA.
"I think it's kind of odd that nobody knows where this parking lot is," Coco said. "How can it be fixed if nobody knows where it is?"
We think it's odd, too, Mr. Coco.   And there's ordinance No. 269-2007.  According to the Mini Mayor's own internet site, "the City Engineer provided an honest and thorough report.  Based on the City’s own reporting, alleged deficiencies were identified. "  So, the City Engineer or one of his incompetent boobs should know, right?
Gary Eldridge, who works for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, said he had spoken with Eric Duck at the city of Alexandria's Engineering Department and that Duck was "following up" on FEMA's letter.
Duck was attending a seminar on Tuesday and wasn't in his office, and attempts to reach City Engineer Mike Wilkinson for comment were unsuccessful.
Did Mike Wilkinson or Eric Duck sign the city's report?  Is Eric Duck at a seminar learning about levees and levee certification?  Eric Duck has already quit a few times with the city and parish, so his heart is probably not in it anyway.