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Say goodbye to the Big Easy...

It's hard to be writing this...after all, I've never seen a city wiped off the map in such a way that it never rose again...but very simply put, if any city can't recover from being under twenty-five feet of water, New Orleans would have to be high on the list. After all, the water-level over the city would still be nearly fifty feet below the level of the sea only 30 or so miles away. Even if the amount of water swamping the city is able to be pumped away this time, it's a city of wooden buildings, which won't hold up at all well in any sort of flooding, let alone an inundation that leaves nothing of the French Qurter above the surface.

And I'm this depressed without even having a friend or relative who lived (yes, lived...as of September, the present tense will be un-suitable for any Orleanian) within a hundred miles of the place. The closest I come is Uncle Steve, one side of whose family had bayou roots and who got out to the Easy for the occasional trip. Still, I would have liked to try Mardi Gras some year...I guess it's out forever now.

I only hope that the US take the right lessons from this. What with global warming, there will, from now on, be Cat 5 storms every year, up until one of them Red Spots and never dies. We can't, or at least won't, be bothered to do a thing about stopping the cause, so we have to face the effect. Very simply, that means that we need to clear people out of any area that would face nearly as much trouble as New Orleans were a Cat 5 to hit there. That means Florida in particular...a state where no place is more than seventy miles from salt-water, and which doesn't rise higher than a hundred feet above sea-level, is a place that can't be populated by even two people if it can be hit by a hurricane. This is particularly true when virtually all Atlantic-spawned storms will hit somewhere in Florida...by contrast, the Eastern Seaboard above the Space Coast, and the Western Gulf, may face a devastating storm once every decade or two. In every area except the toe of Louisiana, that would mean a rebuild on the level of, or just above, the ones that my home state faces after an earthquake, or my adopted home city after a nasty blizzard...the whole area would be at a standstill for at least a week, many buildings would need massive repairs, and millions of people would be inconvenienced, but the city could dust itself off. Admittedly, Florida's shown a tendency to do so as well, but...

I just can't stop thinking that something about that state, like its location that basically serves as a breakwater for the rest of the continent, makes it a place no one should actually live in. Additionally, in later stages, I might be inclined to eveacuate even the cmparatively low-risk areas still prone to get hit (ex-best-friend Miles's hatred for Houston, and my natural bias against all but the most-liberal, rebellious Southerners may or may not have anything to do with that). Still, the main reason I wrote this was to mourn the loss of New Orleans and whosoever wasn't able to get out before the storm hit...and to bitch about how stupid the networks are. Why are some of their top talent assigned to Red Cross shelters within the evacuation area? For that matter, it's an evacuation area--actually, in this case, more of an abandonment area--WTF are any humans still doing within the perimeter? If the roads were too crowded to evac people, they should have thinned out a lot after the current wave of expatriates finished their drives...
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