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Re: Katrina cont > today

In interviews today, the General of the Army Corps stated that the levees
were constructed to withstand a Cat. 3 hurricane.  One additional problem
is that the barrier islands were no longer there.  I am still concerned
that in addition to not being prepared for the human issues, we did not
protect the refineries and harbors that supply so much of the U.S.  That is
certainly a significant security issue that seems to have been ignored.
Bonnie ETN Zone 7

> [Original Message]
> From: Cathy Carpenter <cathy.c@insightbb.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 9/2/2005 12:58:11 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Katrina cont > today
> You are correct, of course, but it seems as if people expect 100%  
> guarantees these days that nothing bad will ever happen. Levees are  
> strengthened to resist a Cat. 4 hurricane, and a Cat.5 occurs, or  
> something else happens in conjunction with the Cat. 4 that causes a  
> levee break. (During the 1993 flooding here in Quincy, the levee on  
> the Missouri side was holding until some idiot who wanted to get back  
> at his girlfriend broke it.) Another solution would be an enforced,  
> absolute evacuation (with buses for all, to pre designated and  
> supplied centers) in the face of such storms. How many people would  
> obey? Would the authorities have to enforce it at gunpoint? And what  
> would be public response should said storm suddenly lose power,  
> change course, etc after such an evacuation? Sigh...
> Cathy, west central IL, z5b
> On Sep 2, 2005, at 10:53 AM, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing  
> Center wrote:
> > Cathy, no one is disparaging the troops that are helping and we all  
> > knew it
> > might come someday.  The anger is directed at the deliberate  
> > refusal to
> > provide preventative assistance that might have made this less  
> > serious and
> > the poor planning with full knowledge of what they'd be facing.
> >
> >
> >>> People choose where they will live, work, and
> >>>
> > Yes, they do, to a certain extent.  But if you and generations  
> > before you
> > were "born on the bayou"or in a tenament in NOLA, attained a 6th grade
> > education, and lived a life of barely getting by, you'd have  
> > trouble seeing
> > the big picture and difficulty getting out even if you did.  People  
> > gather
> > where the work is and that was at the mouth of the Mississippi.
> >
> > Kitty
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