New Orleans Group Greets Gustav with Myth-Busting Movie on Katrina

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As Gustav crept towards New Orleans on the third anniversary of Katrina, an outspoken grassroots group, levees.org debuted a 10-minute documentary they hope will shatter the myths and rumors surrounding the failure of the federal flood protection three years ago. Levees.org has been covered by NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC.com, The Wall Street Journal and Fox News Radio.

Few people understand what really happened in New Orleans or what caused it. Fewer still realize that they too may be living under a similar or an even greater threat

On the anniversary of the worst engineering failure in U.S. history - and as another storm traveled in New Orleans' direction - a new movie "The Katrina Myth: The Truth about a Thoroughly Unnatural Disaster" was released by the non profit levees.org which formed after the 2005 storm.

The film has garnered a rave review from The Guardian (UK) and reveals that nearly half the American population is "in the same boat" as New Orleans.

"Levees.org provides fascinating insights into the extent of the engineering breakdown and neatly lances numerous Katrina falsehoods." -- The Guardian (UK).

Read the rest of the review here. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/27/hurricanekatrina.usa

The film was released in 70 locations all across America in 20 states including New York, Illinois, Texas and California.

Sandy Rosenthal, founder of levees.org, says, "We are pleased because we want everyone from coast to coast to visit levees.org and find out if they are safe from flooding."

The film goes after and obliterates the destructive and unfair rumors that Rosenthal says are slowing the region's recovery.

"Few people understand what really happened in New Orleans or what caused it. Fewer still realize that they too may be living under a similar or an even greater threat," says Rosenthal. "In this film, we expose the key myths and misunderstandings about the New Orleans flood."

"This film is different because it explains why New Orleans was so vulnerable and that situations just like it exist all over the country," says HJ Bosworth, Jr, civil engineer and Research Director for levees.org. "It's not another film about the failed initial response."

Levees.org was founded after Hurricane Katrina at a kitchen table by Sandy Rosenthal, 51 and her son Stanford, then 15, while living in Lafayette, Louisiana after evacuating from New Orleans. The group now has chapters in Florida and California and numbers nearly 21,000 members.

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