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The money to fix storm damage to our 19th century defenses is still adrift
Sunday, February 25, 2007
By Paul Purpura
An old boat oar displayed just inside Fort Pike's entrance has for years provided visitors with a novel historical record of the amount of water storms have pushed inside the fortification set in the Rigolets at New Orleans' easternmost shore.
Hurricane Ivan left about 2 feet. Hurricane Lili pushed a few inches more. Tropical Storm Isidore's surge reached 4 feet. Hurricane Katrina?
"Of course, Katrina, there is no way of measuring it," said Raymond Berthelot, chief of interpretive services for the Office of State Parks, which owns Fort Pike.
Fort Pike's red brick walls, raised nearly 190 years ago about 14 feet above sea level, were no match for the tidal surge that roared in with such power that it dislodged chunks of brick and mortar the size of truck tires and moved them yards away.
The fort was submerged. When the deluge retreated, it left behind 3 feet of marsh grass and an array of critters, some poisonous, and structural damage that an initial estimate said could cost $18 million to repair.
The true price tag for fixing the damage is still in question not only for Fort Pike, but also Forts Jackson and St. Philip in Plaquemines Parish, the three coastal fortifications built to protect New Orleans from foreign invaders in the 19th century.