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Re: Another interesting snippit re Katerina

I lived there from 1987 to 1989 and every single year that same subject
came up for discussion, usually during hurricane season. They have known
for YEARS that this could happen...but even in earthquake zones, they
never build roads or buildings for the absolute worst case scenario.
It's sad. And a coastal town built below sea level is asking for trouble
anyway. Just my opinion, not that anybody ever asked.


"James R. Fisher" <garrideb@well.com> wrote:
Note the date on the referenced Times-Picayune article:

from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Today's Headlines - September 2, 2005

from The New Orleans Times-Picayune, 2002

A major hurricane could decimate the [New Orleans] region, but flooding from
even a moderate storm could kill thousands. It's just a matter of time...
Evacuation is the most certain route to safety, but it may be a nightmare.
And 100,000 without transportation will be left behind...

Hundreds of thousands would be left homeless, and it would take months to
dry out the area and begin to make it livable. But there wouldn't be much
for residents to come home to. The local economy would be in ruins

People left behind in an evacuation will be struggling to survive. Some will
be housed at the Superdome, the designated shelter in New Orleans for people
too sick or infirm to leave the city. Others will end up in last-minute
emergency refuges that will offer minimal safety. But many will simply be on
their own, in homes or looking for high ground.

Thousands will drown while trapped in homes or cars by rising water. Others
will be washed away or crushed by debris. Survivors will end up trapped on
roofs, in buildings or on high ground surrounded by water, with no means of
escape and little food or fresh water, perhaps for several days.

Jim Fisher
Vienna, Virginia USA
38.9 N 77.2 W
USDA Zone 7
Max. 95 F [36 C], Min. 10 F [-12 C]

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