Sunday, February 19, 2006


"New Orleans Style _________"

You know, you have New Orleans Style Mardi Gras, New Orleans Style Food, New Orleans Style architecture, New Orleans Style politics, all common themes that have entered the American lexicon.

I guess we can now add another: New Orleans Style Flooding.

I hadn't considered it until I read this article this morning from the Arizona Daily Star. Here's the quote:

Concentrated development in flood-prone parts of Missouri, California and other states has significantly raised the risk of New Orleans-style flooding as people snap up new homes even in areas recently deluged, researchers said Saturday.
Well, of course I should have realized it was coming. I can certainly see how people would be stretching for words to describe a tragedy of Katrina's scope in their part of the country. I think it's also quite interesting the list of places that could be affected by a similar flood event, according to researchers from the University of Maryland:

St. Louis


San Francisco

Kansas City

Los Angeles



Some of the scientist's predictions are quite scary, indeed.

Mount estimates a two-in-three probability over the next 50 years of a catastrophic levee failure in the massive delta region east of San Francisco.

Even a moderate flood could breech the delta's levee system while a larger one, perhaps following an earthquake, would inundate the region, Mount said.

The Sacramento-San Joaquin delta, which covers 738,000 acres, receives runoff from more than 40 percent of California. Much of the land is below sea level and relies on more than 1,000 miles of levees for protection against flooding, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

Something to think about indeed. I hope the residents of all of these areas realize the affect the decisions made down here are going to affect the aftermath of their own future disasters. The American people have given in large numbers, and I'm sure they would in a future disaster. It is our governing bodies that have let us down.

Anyhow, life goes on. In the aftermath of a disaster, we all have to remember that the last thing that got out of Pandora's box was hope, and I am hopeful that soon, we can make a new adition to the "New Orleans Style" list from the top of the article.

"New Orleans Style Recovery"

There was a lot of reporting around Sacramento after the recent big storm up that way. They have levees as big as those along the river, some as high as 40-50 feet.

When one of those puppies goes, it's going to make the Flood Formerly Known as Katrina look like just a good hard gutter-flooding rain.
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