posted on Jul, 1 2011 @ 11:02 PM
Perhaps I missed a later link deeper in this thread. but the OPs two links referred back to the exact same information on two different sites. It
looks like one site just copied and pasted the other site's text verbatim. Anyhow, I quickly searched and didn't find another unique reference to
this alleged government program to buy up the land (it wasn't an exhaustive search as I was pursuing deeper details on the Ospraie Management LLC
story concomitantly). More work to do in researching official government announcements of this program.
Additionally, I would like to say that we do not have sufficient data in this country to get an accurate idea as to what would constitute a safe
proximity to build along any of the major rivers. Simply looking at the terrain and not building in the lowlying areas near the river should prevent a
good bit of any damage to come the next time there is a flood. However, we like to analyze and engineer everything we can get our hands on, so I would
imagine the same would apply here.
As you may recall, there are large stone markers, a meter or two tall, on Japan's eastern coast which date to approximately 400 to 600 years ago.
We should begin erecting those types of "stones" along our major riverways and just not build beyond those points. Let the Corps of engineers buy
the land, let them, or as I heard elsewhere, let a private company, build a modern levee system and just plan for this to happen again. Those affected
property owners should be compensated according to the insurance value of the acreage and improvements, at the taxpayers expense. We either pay once
now, or keep paying in disaster relief and rebuilding each time this occurs.
And yes, sadly I would have to include a city like New Orleans in this type of program. Its just too dangerous to live there. I wonder how much an
entire city will cost us? Hurricane Katrina caused over $80 billion in damage in '05 and 1800+ people died. It will be a shame to dismantle it, its a
really cool city.