Those yellow trucks are DHL delivery vans! But they could be put to use.
The major economic areas of the city including the Quarter is mostly above water. The majority of flooded areas are homes, commercial, parks and some
industrial complexes. If the houses can't be salvaged then there is a way to raise the land and rebuild at least to the height of the CBD.
The Mississippi is loaded with silt. Using the existing canal levees flood these areas with river water from 1 side and pump the silt free water run
off from the other side. This silt packs in real well and builds up in a few weeks to months. This technique was used to build I10, I310 and a number
of roads through swamps in Lousisana since as early as the 1950s. This is still done to provide landfill and residential use today by building pits
and then trucking the sand to customers.
What has amazed me is that the army did not seal the 2 canals (17th and London Ave) right away. It would have blocked 2 pumping stations but the other
4 could be lowering the water now. They could have airliftec huge pumps from Avondale to add to the pump capacity. Finally today Sept.2 I did see some
progress on the canals but still it's slow going. At least they now have heavy equipment in place.
Don't believe too much of what the national news is saying and showing. The large area of water rolling over a levee near this lift bridge is in a
place near Chalmette, LA. That's a bad situation also but it's not what caused NOLA to flood. Chalmette is on the eastern side. The city flooded
from the north and northwest. This is evident in the Sat photo posted on the web where we saw those yellow trucks.
Yes, Repair the Big Easy. Nothing like sipping coffee and getting fat on begnettes. 25% of the nations coffee arrives at that port. Also bananas and
other fruit arrive there also. The wherehouses are believed to be intact and still loaded with some cargo. Folgers, Community and several other
coffees are roasted there. Unfortunately at least one of the coffee roasters is under water near the Dome. I hope to one day be able to drive through
the city in the morning just to smell the coffee roasting. Then arrive at Cafe DuMonde and sip coffee and eat some of those begnettes pronounced