Sunday, August 28

THE PERFECT STORM IS ON A COLLISION COURSE WITH THE CITY LEAST ABLE TO WITHSTAND IT

I've been to New Orleans a number of times on business. So it's hard for me to fathom how the Crescent City, which virtually sits in a bowl 6 feet below sea level, surrounded by a levee system to keep Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River from flooding it, will be able to withstand Hurricane Katrina, which is shaping up to be the perfect storm -- a "monstrous" Category 5 hurricane with New Orleans right in its crosshairs.

Many may not know, but the Mississippi River's deepest channel is 200 feet deep at Algiers Point in New Orleans. Ironically, however, it is the lake that presents the more serious threat in a hurricane because of its shallowness at only 25 feet in depth. A 28-30 foot storm surge could push the lake into the city, right over the tops of the levees and those same levees would then keep the water trapped in the city like a fishbowl. The city under normal conditions has to pump out its rainwater!

This impending natural crisis is literally unimaginable.

FOLLOW-UP: Read this and this published at Matt Drudge's site.
FOLLOW-UP II: Read this report from CNN.
FOLLOW-UP III: Here's a Yahoo map of New Orleans that shows the location of Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River in relation to the city.
FOLLOW-UP IV: A grim description from the Associated Press on what may happen to New Orleans.




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