ASCE Responds to the I-35W Bridge Collapse

In response to the catastrophic I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, ASCE is playing a significant and proactive role in the review and analysis of one of our nation's tragic infrastructure disasters. Shortly after the collapse occurred, ASCE immediately began to provide technical and authoritative information to the media and has developed a dedicated area on the ASCE website to providing further resources and related information. The website will continue to evolve over the coming days and should serve as an excellent resource to keep members up to date and help in answering any general questions that may be received. ASCE members can take pride in knowing that ASCE and the civil engineering profession continue to play such a key role in understanding and responding to natural and man-made disasters and in improving the resilience of our nation’s critical infrastructure.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

N.O. Leadership lacking, report says

N.O. leadership lacking, report says
Housing shortage also hindering recovery, it says
Times-Picayune, April 25, 2007, By Bill Barrow

BATON ROUGE -- A failure of local leadership and a lack of affordable housing are primary reasons that New Orleans trails many other Gulf Coast communities in storm and flood recovery, according to a new report.

The report, issued jointly by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana and the Rockefeller Institute of Government, is the second in an ongoing analysis of 22 locales that were affected -- in some cases positively -- by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Overall, the report describes regionwide recovery as "uneven," with the progress of each local area dependent on how effective leaders have been in making decisions; how badly its business and economic infrastructure was damaged; and how quickly it has been able to get state and federal aid.

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5,000 Evacuated After Chlorine Leak in Northeast China

Updated: 2007-04-25 16:43

Five thousand people have been evacuated after a chlorine leak in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, officials with the local government said on Wednesday.

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