- Hi All,
My apologies for the postings on the Link Pages
update that were meant to be off list.
I've been very distracted by the devastation in
New Orleans, a city I got to know a little in the
1980s. This disaster has been inevitable for a long
time, but it seems likely that people are simply
going to rebuild the city in harm's way, again.
The interval to the next disaster will likely be
a lot shorter than the last interval. I don't know
what to do about this.
It's odd. On Monday evening, it looked like my
message of Monday morning overshot the mark.
Today it looks as if the devastation is nearly
as bad as I had feared, although there is still
some chance that the loss of life will be much
less than seemed likely before the storm hit.
Basically, what happened is that the city flooded
slowly, over the north levees, rather than rapidly
over the south levees. Many, many people had a
chance to escape the rising water. If the storm
surge had come over the south (river) levees, we
would be looking at many thousands of dead.
I can't do much more on this. Does anyone here
want to lead a task force on making a proposal
for what to do instead of rebuilding in such a
dangerous location with such poor economic prospects
(once the river changes course to bypass New Orleans
If we are to have any hope of influencing the
debate, there is a lot of work to do to put a
proposal on the table in a week or so. This can
only be done by people with at least some familiarity
with New Orleans. I just can't take the time to lead
this charge. (I can add my 2cents now and again.)
I hope that the situation will not get much worse
than it is, which is already very bad. I think, in
fact, that we have probably seen the worst of the
flooding, or very nearly so.
In any case, my thoughts are with the people of
New Orleans and their remarkable city.
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