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  •  Look at Pascagoula, Miss. (3+ / 0-)

    It gets hit every 10 years with a hurricane, and more frequently than that with major tropical storms.  I think I've read that FEMA has spent more money, more often, in that one county of Miss. than anywhere else in the country.

    Some homes there have been rebuilt numerous times over the past few decades with federal disaster assistance.


    Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:57:15 PM PST

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    •  Competing interests (1+ / 0-)
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      Pascagoula is also home to one of the biggest (and last remaining) shipyards in the country.  The people who live in Pascagoula are working class folks who are staying near the major employer in the area.  There's really not much place for them to go that would allow them to still afford to be employed at blue-collar wages.

      Instead of simply dropping money on the homeowners there, they need to look at hurricane-proofing what is built, if possible.  Pascagoula gets some wickedly high storm surges -- it's a funnel with the wide end pointing at the Gulf.  This is something for the clever folks with the CAD programs to be looking at.

      History should teach humility and prudence, but America doesn't seem to learn. I've never seen a virgin who loses her innocence so often. -- Gordon Wood

      by stormicats on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:36:11 PM PST

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