September 04, 2005


"The water crept to the top of the massive berm that holds back the lake and then spilled over. Nearly 80 percent of New Orleans lies below sea level—more than eight feet below in places—so the water poured in. A liquid brown wall washed over the brick ranch homes of Gentilly, over the clapboard houses of the Ninth Ward, over the white-columned porches of the Garden District, until it raced through the bars and strip joints on Bourbon Street like the pale rider of the Apocalypse. As it reached 25 feet (eight meters) over parts of the city, people climbed onto roofs to escape it. "

An on the scene report of the devestation occurring? No. A printed article in National Geographic dated 2004...

And no one had a plan for this?

(ht: The Anchoress)

Posted by Jody at September 4, 2005 03:31 AM | TrackBack

Mayor Ray Nagin, along with chief of the New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness Terry Ebbert need to be strung up. I assume you've seen the pictures of over 200 school buses sitting flooded in a lot not 2 miles from the Superdome. Amazing--and they have the unmitigated gall to carp at FEMA--for NOT HAVING ENOUGH BUSES TO EVACUATE THE SUPERDOME AND CONVENTION CENTER!!!

Posted by: Jeff H at September 4, 2005 05:31 PM

I've been reading and watching many things like this lately. I saw a thing on the Discovery Channel the other night that said hurricanes cycle through active and not so active periods. And right now we're at the end of a not so active period. Run Jody, run. We don't hurricanes in Colorado.

Posted by: Stacy at September 7, 2005 12:46 PM
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