New Orleans flood warnings in 2001

While going through Gimboland history, I came across this post from 2001, discussing the near-certainty of an imminent catastrophic hurricane/flood decimating New Orleans — less than four years later, along came Katrina. Interestingly, Wikipedia tells us that the population of the city has largely bounced back since Katrina — so expect more of the same in a few years, I guess.

4 Responses to “New Orleans flood warnings in 2001”

  1. Buck Turgidson
    April 2nd, 2007 | 3:15 pm

    Actually, the devestation that befell New Orleans occurred AFTER Katrina swept past the city. It was faulty levee construction that caused the floods as well documented by the Times-Picayune.

  2. April 3rd, 2007 | 2:52 pm

    Um, yeah, and that changes what, exactly?

  3. Buck Turgidson
    April 4th, 2007 | 5:16 am

    Oh, sorry. Yes, NO is built below sea level and the pumping system was/is old and antiquated but the levee system the city relied upon was built, examined and verified by the US Army Corps of Engineers who basically did a rather shoddy job and lied about it. That changes the culpability factor. It wasn’t an act of god/Katrina that destroyed New Orleans was my point. Of course, New Orleans IS in a precarious position even with well-built levees as your previous post attests. But had those levees been built/repaired properly, the catastrophic flood would not have occurred in 2005.

  4. April 4th, 2007 | 4:55 pm

    *nods* – cool, thanks for the clarification. :-) I gotta say, I didn’t realise that.