There is really nothing new in today’s WaPo article on New Orleans hurricane protection but Peter Whoriskey does a good job of laying it out. In summary…
- The rebuilt defenses of New Orleans could not handle another Katrina
- The Bush administration remains committed to 100 year flood protection…nothing more. Katrina was a 1 in 400 year event.
100 year protection is not Cat 5 protection. It’s not even strong Cat 3 protection. And to make it all painfully clear here is Donald E. Powell, the federal Gulf Coast rebuilding coordinator…
But he turned aside questions about Category 5 protection, noting
that extensive new studies set to be released this summer will inform
residents how likely they are to be flooded when the new 100-year
project is finished.
“Then they can make their decisions,” he said.
That really is quite astounding. Powell and therefore Bush are saying to the people of a major American city…”You’re fucked and don’t look to us to unfuck ya. You’re on your own.”Oyster elaborates a bit more than I…
Oh, so that’s how it’s going to go down. Powell is basically
saying: “New Orleans is not going to get more than WEAK CATEGORY 3
flood protection (with partially armored levees and pumps built by Bush
cronies). But we will give y’all a map so you can calculate exactly how
f*cked you will be the next time the levees or pumps fail, or when a
major storm hits the area”.
Thanks, Powell. That’s mighty white of you.
None of this is new or surprising but it is so very damn infuriating and sad.