Drowning New Orleans
A major hurricane could swamp New Orleans under 20 feet of water, killing thousands. Human activities along the Mississippi River have dramatically increased the risk, and now only massive reengineering of southeastern Louisiana can save the city
By Mark Fischetti
posted by Postroad
on Sep 1, 2005 -
Katrina targets New Orleans.
Mandatory evacuations have been declared, and contraflow evacuation routes are in effect near New Orleans, as Hurricane Katrina
, a very wet, drenching hurricane, approaches the city from the Gulf of Mexico
, where it is gaining in size and strength, with an estimated 45% chance
of making landfall as a category 4 or 5 hurricane. The computer models
suggest that New Orleans will sustain a direct hit from Katrina, which could be "The Big One"
warned about by experts, capable of flooding the city
, polluting it with industrial waste, and even flooding the pump stations, leaving it incapable of pumping out the water. The hurricane is predicted to make landfall early Monday near Port Fourchon
, which handles approximately 13% of U.S. oil imports, and 27% of U.S. domestic production
posted by insomnia_lj
on Aug 27, 2005 -