Hurricane Katrina

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  1. Skyanide

    Skyanide The Big Meanie Staff Member

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    The problem is, work has been planned on upgrading these levees for years.

    New Orleans is (was) built on a flood plain. The whole city (and in some cases, the levees) sink an inch or two every decade. And the city was founded in the early 1700's.

    Normally, if the city and levees weren't there, the plain would naturally flood and dump sediment that would would keep it at or above sea level, but because of the levees this doesn't happen; the city only sinks deeper and deeper....

    The biggest problem (as I see it) is that monies that were earmarked for levee improvements were not used effectively, through State and local mismanagement. As one former government official had put it, to paraphrase "We don't have a money problem, we have a problem putting it in the ground (effectively making use of it)".

    Well, this is the political equivalent of "Please, cut my budget" and the Feds did just that. But in reality, the state and local governments don't have the tax base (because of the average income of the citizens) to raise the money to make up for the federal cuts.

    SO then it becomes a back and forth finger pointing session between the three levels of government. But the net result is NOTHING got done, and the results are what we are seeing now.

    All are equally to blame.
     
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    Mububban Administrator Staff Member

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    I'll be very interested to see the full fallout of this whole situation. Who's going to be the scapegoat/s, whose heads will roll, who will pass the buck and name someone else, who will escape scott free, who will be held responsible at various levels of government and relief agencies as to why things happened the way they did.
     
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    kartaron Hunter / Gatherer

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    News this morning says the levees have been repaired and the focus is now getting the water pumped out of the city. The oil pipelines are fully operational and the refineries are expected to be all on line in the next few days.
     
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    Skyanide The Big Meanie Staff Member

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    They're also estimating 80 days to pump the water out. :(
     
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    kartaron Hunter / Gatherer

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    Here is a zoomable map to see where the water was on Aug 31st in New Orleans.

    http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2005/hurricanes/interactive/fullpage.nola.flood/katrina.html



    msnbc.com

    A great article about the methods and difficulties of repairing the breeches in the levees.
    http://online.wsj.com/public/article/0,,SB112595731871232041,00.html?mod=todays_free_feature

    highlights:

    Recovery and rebuilding on the Gulf Coast could cost $150 billion, said Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate's top Democrat. He reached that number after talking to officials on the ground and in consultation with Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.). He said FEMA alone could require an additional $100 billion. Last week, Congress passed a $10.5 billion emergency-spending measure, which leaders said was a down payment on assistance to the region.

    The American Red Cross said Monday it had 487 shelters and evacuation centers open and was caring for at least 142,121 hurricane victims in 18 states. A breakdown: Texas: 74 shelters, including the Astrodome; 56,000 people Louisiana: 175 shelters; 55,000 people ; Mississippi: 113 shelters; 17,000 people; Alabama: 48 shelters; 5,200 people; Florida: 41 shelters; 3,600 people Arkansas: 7 shelters; 3,000 people; Georgia: 17 shelters; 1,100 people; Tennessee: 3 shelters; 1,000 people

    WSJ
     
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