Re: Written September 2002
- From: topper <topper4125@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2005 01:31:49 -0600
The Natural Buffer Disappears
And there's another reason why scientists worry more about hurricanes every single year. There's always been a huge natural buffer that helps protect New Orleans from storms. There are miles of wetlands between here and the Gulf of Mexico: they slow hurricanes down as they blow in from the sea. But that buffer is disappearing. Every year, a chunk of wetlands the size of Manhattan crumbles and turns into open water.
Joe Suhayda explains, "So the hurricane can move closer to the city before it starts to decrease. So in effect, the city is moving closer to the Gulf as each year goes by."
And he says, it's partly because of those levees along the Mississippi River. When they stopped the river from flooding, they also prevented the wetlands from getting the regular doses of floodwater and mud that they need to survive. Studies show that if the wetlands keep vanishing over the next few decades, then you won't need a giant storm to devastate New Orleans — a much weaker, more common kind of hurricane could destroy the city too.
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So the Levees helped in more ways than one with this disaster? Perhapes the Enviromentalists had this one right... Maybe they were right to protest everytime people were trying to get funds for the levee's...
Something to chew on... Maybe if we weren't trying to control mother nature, some people would have been spared.
We agree that governments should stop screwing around with Nature
in order to make another million bucks for developers.
yeah... cuz job creation is a bad, bad thing mahn!!
Certainly the levees cannot be dismantled now-- unless the city and harbor are permanently abandoned.
Now would be a perfect time to knock 'em down, you can't stop the flow of water, ...Nature will find a way -- (Quote from Jurassic Park)
Knock 'em down, Let the water go where it will, rebuild New New Orleans (or Oleans the Third?) on what dry ground is left around the area. Let the wetlands rebuild, In short, don't reshape the delta to your liking, learn to live with it, or move.
North of the levees, though, the wetlands should be restored; the numerous canals refilled with water absorbing muds. The levees did the job for many years;
The Levees were a loaded gun since their creation. Just happened to be 2005 that they fired their load. And now were going to reload, rebuild, and encourage the next group of victims to move in.
they failed this year due to 5 years of neglect and continued predations on the wetlands.
They failed because man cannot control the environment, the weather, or nature. Any attempt to prove otherwise is futile cuz it just ain't true.
People know that Los Angeles is on a major fault line... What do we do... Move there and build underground subways.
The California Hills are made of dry Muck that runs when it rains. Nice place to build a multi-million dollar home and cry when it gets washed away.
Has there ever been a year that Florida didn't get hit with a hurricane? And their population keeps going up?
I stopped caring for Florida Hurricane "Victims" and California Mudslide millionaire victims a long time ago. If they rebuild Orleans. I will have a hard time feeling bad for these people next time.
As I and others have been pointing out, Bush chose to ignore the experts who urged upgrading-- not downgrading-- the maintenance of the levees.
Instead other politicians were listening to the environmentalists that insist that the levee's were destroying the wetlands which would slow down a hurricane, and because the wetlands weren't there, the damage that did happen to the levee's & to the city could have been done with a Cat 3 (according to the article quoted above).
Lots of deaths on his head.
Bush's, the environmentalists, or the people that originally built the levee's.
As Mafia Don Clericuzzo (in Puzo's "The Last Don") would put it, "He has a bloody mouth."
My line earlier: 'Any attempt to prove otherwise is futile cuz it just ain't true.' came from "A Few Good Men"
In 1896 50% of all registered cars were wrecked in ONE day, There were no truck accidents reported anywhere.
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