Re: Feds to Rebuild New Orleans Levees
GAC, it's not just the pumps, canals, levees. The digging for oil and dredging of the river. The loss of the surrounding wetlands and barrier islands. For centuries, New Orleans was at less of a disadvantage than Miami, for example. The coast was farther away. The surrounding wetlands that are disappearing protected New Orleans from a direct hit.
Not all of New Orleans is below sea level. And if the levee system that we already have lived up to its promised cat 3 protection, we'd be pretty much back to normal by now. We'd hardly know anything happened.
And don't underestimate the economic impact of the port of New Orleans. If the port doesn't recover, it'll cost more to export midwestern ag products and to import bulk supplies for midwestern factories.
I'm hoping that the city planners will take a good look at how and where we build. Create a smaller but stronger city, and build an infrastructure that includes light rail from Baton Rouge to Gulfport Ms. Think more regionally than locally.
That's my hope, but I can't see beyond my early morning wake up call.