Katrina was all over the news for a few days at the beginning of the month. Remember? What has happened since? The Administration, Congress and the populace at large have slipped back into their peaceful slumbers. Meanwhile, the victims continue to live in concentration camps.
Katrina Musings: What About All of Our Other Vulnerable Coastal Cities? by Chris Mooney -- The Huffington Post
Today, the two year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall, my hometown of New Orleans is getting some much needed attention. And rightly so: It's a scandal that in the years since the disaster, all too little has changed. Time magazine recently blazoned the word "pathetic" on its cover to describe the lagging efforts to re-defend the city. Residents are reoccupying and rebuilding willy-nilly, including in the most vulnerable, flood-prone areas. Meanwhile, the agency whose failures drowned the city to begin with, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, lurches into a series of projects that still won't protect against the deadliest hurricanes the Gulf of Mexico can spawn--
If, as Mooney's article predicts in one of his worst-case scenarios, St. Pete, Florida suddenly becomes an island, my home will almost certainly be underwater.
When I lived in Kansas City, Missouri [about as far inland as you can get], the Army Corps of Engineers blew into town after a minor flash flood hit one of the wealthiest parts of town -- as well as many poorer areas. They widened Brush Creek [that skirted the rich section the flood had hit] and created a bottle-neck downstream [in the poorer section] while assuring us we would be protected, too.
Uh-huh-- you don't have to be an engineer to realize that pouring more water down the creek and leaving the downstream area untouched doesn't help the folks living downstream from the work-area.
I imagine it helps you ignore the physics if you've been ordered to protect the Plaza [the wealthy area] by the folks whose campaigns are in debt to those who own it.
All of this smacks of the current plan to protect NOLA from a level 3 hurricane -- after being hit by one that registered as a level 5 -- with more numerous and more severe storms predicted for the near future.
Good going, Corps of Engineers.