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The Washington Post reports that the Army Corps is faced with a choice, a choice where you're damned if you do and damned if you don't....
...Do you cause a flood that would drown the livelihoods of central Louisiana farmers and fishermen, or let the high river roll and frantically sandbag 200 miles of levees to try to prevent flooding in the state’s two biggest cities, Baton Rouge and New Orleans
Originally posted by freakshowfatty
it has to be some sort of mental illness. why do people living in tornado alley rebuild their trailer park for the 11th time in 15years why do we rebuild places in florida or texas that are smashed now and again by hurricanes i get the harvest of resources aspect of some of these places like oil, fish, oily fish what ever but the masses that stay and somehow seem suprised by their place being destroyed
Originally posted by mayabongMaybe one day humans will learn.
Your points are some of the best here. The Levees themselves are the problem. Subsidence has occurred in the last century because of the levee's. No new sediment, no new land. The "land" underneath is just mud. It has packed down. When a truck passes the houses the "mud" shakes like a small quake.
Originally posted by mayabong
I'm from down there, and my dad and mom rebuilt their houses after katrina. I wouldn't have, I think its kinda dumb to build when your under sea level. (my mom's house is around 15 feet below sea level. lol)
The problem isn't a lack of good levees, the problem is the levees themselves. Since they have been put up, the mississippi river can't flood and deposit new land sooooo.. Everything just sinks and the land starts to disappear.
Maybe one day humans will learn.
Then again the port of new orleans is very big to the economy i reckon.edit on 12-5-2011 by mayabong because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by timewalker
I saw the statements about rebuilding in disaster zones. The whole country has disasters. If we took that mentality we should all just live in tents as nomads. On that, a lot of my friends say they will not return if it happens again.