Tulane Student Takes Action on Rebuilding New Orleans Levee System

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Dan Hyman, a New Yorker who is a freshman at Tulane University, plans to collect one million signatures to rebuild the New Orleans levee system so it can withstand a category-five hurricane.

Dan Hyman, a New Yorker who is a freshman at Tulane University, plans to collect one million signatures to rebuild the New Orleans levee system so it can withstand a category-five hurricane. He has already gathered over 800 signatures on his website, http://www.savebigeasy.org. He has collected signatures from a New York state senator and state assemblyman, as well as from several well-respected ministers.

Hyman was forced out of his dorm on move-in day at Tulane, shortly before the levee system failed. New Orleans suffered its worst damage as a result of human error. The levees and floodwalls were poorly designed and poorly maintained. They should have been able to withstand Katrina, which hit New Orleans as a category-three hurricane.

“When I learned they were not going to strengthen the levees because of the cost, I knew I had to do something,” says Hyman. “Creating http://www.savebigeasy.org seemed like the best way to put pressure on Congress to rebuild the levee system properly.”

The website describes New Orleans’ cultural and financial contributions to this country, and contains a petition that will be presented to Congress to show that the American people support the protection of New Orleans. It also explains why an upgraded levee and floodwall system is the key to the successful recovery of this great city.

“If everyone who evacuated Louisiana signed the petition, and asked two friends to do the same, we would have more than enough signatures in support of rebuilding the levee system the right way,” explains Hyman. “Time is running out on New Orleans. The longer we wait, the more lives are at risk.”

Those who would like to sign the petition can do so by visiting http://www.savebigeasy.org.

http://www.savebigeasy.org is a non-profit website. Its purpose is to collect one million signatures in support of a congressional bill that will provide the funds necessary to rebuild the New Orleans levee systems to withstand category-five hurricanes. For more information, contact Dan Hyman at 516-313-0759.

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