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    Katrina was a purely man-made disaster.  It was caused by the failure of levees that had been under-maintained for decades, and the cutting of commercial channels through the wetlands to shorten the length of the trip from the port to open ocean. Between failing levees and a funnel effect from the channels, what we saw in Katrina was a perfect storm of human engineering fail.

    Both of those particular problems have been remediated.  There was a single levee failure with the direct hit of Isaac, I believe it was, this past year -- it was on the opposite bank and in an area that held through Katrina.  The vast majority of the flooding we hear about is outside the federally maintained levees.

    Now on the other hand, much of the Ninth Ward has not been rebuilt; not because of climate change, but because of economics.  Those areas are working class neighborhoods and the heavy industry that support them is shrinking.  People who were moved out by the busload as far away as Virginia and Salt Lake City did not have the resources to move back, no matter how much they wanted to.  And as noted above, many of them were not homeowners.  The money they could have used to start again went to their landlords, not them.

    Now are there parts of the New Orleans metro area that should be abandoned and allowed to return to the wetlands and swamps from which they came? Absolutely.   New Orleans East sits mere inches above the water and can be flooded by a hard rain.  I wouldn't live there if you paid me.

    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 08:26:59 PM PST

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