Originally posted by fivebyfive
1. SHOULD N.O. be rebuilt? All indications are that weather patterns strongly suggest a repeat of Katrina.
2. If you believe recent predictions from prominent climatologists, sea levels are rising and will continue to precipitously increase over coming
decades. Again, isn't future flooding certain?
I have to say that we should NOT
rebuild New Orleans. At least, we should not rebuild New Orleans in the same location or without adequate
protection against rising sea levels or against the possibility of category 5 (or, if it's possible, stronger hurricanes). To do so would be,
I understand that people from New Orleans might disagree with me on this point but it is a question that needs to be raised. I understand the deep
emotional attachment that people have for their "hometown" but this is a time to be practical.
Besides, what would be the reaction if New Orleans is rebuilt in the same location and is subsequently destroyed again? You just know that people
will be commenting that it was a mistake to rebuild in the same location. Of course, at this time, they are not making such statements. They are
thinking with their hearts and not their heads.
Personally, I think that New Orleans should be rebuilt BUT not in it's original location. The business center and most residential centers should be
built on higher ground. The historic tourist areas probably can remain where they are until they are eventually destroyed by another hurricane or
I know that there will be comments from people who live in New Orleans or the area that will vehemently oppose what I am saying. However, I am not
against New Orleans. I sympathize with the hundreds of thousands of people who were affected. And, I am certainly not against the people of
Louisiana. I am simply being pragmatic and I am looking towards avoiding similar disasters in the future.
We have an opportunity here, with New Orleans, to confront an issue that will, in the future, need to be addressed by nearly every coastal city and
town in the United States and, for that matter, the world. Face it, the ocean levels will be rising! If we don't relocate our coastal communities,
we should, at least, be looking at the Netherlands who are, perhaps, the most proactive nation in the world when it comes to climatological changes in
the sea levels and how it would effect coastal populations.