It’s going to be interesting — let’s pray — first of all, pray there’s no
hurricanes. That would be, like, step one.–GW Bush 4/28/2006
And again this year…
The New Orleans metropolitan area will enter the 2007 hurricane
season with an incomplete levee protection system that could fail on
its eastern and southern borders — even during smaller hurricanes,
independent critics and officials with the Army Corps of Engineers
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bedey, commander of the corps’ Hurricane Protection
Office that oversees levees on the east bank of the Mississippi River,
agreed that the protection offered levees, walls and gates does not yet
meet levels authorized by Congress before Hurricane Katrina.
The rest of the article goes in depth on various levee vulnerabilities and weak spots. It is in a word …depressing.
Added: To lift spirits and partake in why New Orleans is so special… go read Dan Baum at The New Yorker and listen to the Loose Marbles.