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Wednesday, August 31, 2005  


I look at the pictures of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in all the states affected and then at New Orleans flooded as it is and am dumbfounded.

I look at my own home and imagine it flooded to the eaves and think about the loss, the work to repair it, and the cost involved. And then multiply that by a million or so. (I do live in a flood plain, too, and it almost flooded in 1986.)

I keep hearing charges that the disaster in New orleans was entirely preventable. I don't know the facts yet. It is being said here and there that the levees could have been strengthened and raised but weren't.

Here in Sacramento, the levees along the American River have been strengthened since the last big test scared us when "boils" emerged on the dry side of levees. Boils are pressure seepage where springs of water boil up and indicate weakness in the leveee which can undermine the levee entirely and cause it to collapse.

I do wonder if cities like New Orleans which are so far below sea level and are right next to the sea can surviver without changing the way they exist. That is, should a New Orleans become like a Venice? Is that even feasible in a delta?

There's little doubt that N.O. isn't going to be abdandoned, but it seems highly doubtful whether it can continue to exist as it has for over two hundred years.

In fact, the entire problem of the gulf and Atlantic coast states, hurricanes, and development needs to be addressed. Buildings codes need adjustment. Perhaps it means putting buildings on stilts and making them stronger to withstand the gale force winds.

Well, I don't know much about this except that you can probably figure that we're not likely going to adapt very well to the conditions.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 10:19 AM |