according to estimates by noaa, you discussed our country invested $14.5 billion to reduce flood risk in new orleans. you used the term invested rather than obligated because investment in infrastructure is truly an investment especially one for the system that protected new orleans, which saves this country money and more importantly saves lives. do you believe the american people received a good return on that investment? if so, why? >> thank you for that question. certainly, it was a great investment. i was able to visit colonel murphy a week after the storm hit and i was expecting to stay in mobile or in baton rouge. one week after the storm hit, the amazing city of new orleans was back on its feet and it would not have been back on its feet if it was not for that investment. >> very good. >> colonel murphy. >> in your opening statement you talked about the team effort between the federal, state and local government, tribal and levee boards to address the issues caused by ida. in your opinion, how much does it help the corps when they are able to lean on their nonfederal sponsors?
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