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Tuesday August 30, 2005
07:52 PM

Prophet of Doom

[ #26517 ]
From an article published six weeks ago:

The chief danger to New Orleans is a storm surge. Wetlands attenuate the height of a surge, at a rate of about one foot for three miles. But in the Barataria Basin south of the city, 15 miles of marsh have deteriorated, according to the United States Geological Service. A slow-moving Category 5 hurricane could produce a 19- to 21-foot storm surge in Lake Pontchartrain, higher than the levees that protect the city. New Orleans could find itself under 20-25 feet of water.

Fascinating reading. As one of my email list buddies says, "CNN could be reading directly from this article".

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  • Seen Oil Storm [fxnetwork.com]? This has been a 'what if' catastrophe scenario for decades though it's more widely known than, say, what will happen when the New Madrid fault in Southern Missouri finally goes at 8+ on the Richter scale and turns SoMo and Northern Arkansas into a big lake along with flattening most of St. Louis and Memphis. The Oil Storm movie is a bit creepy though if you read the synopsis. I think all the estimates for recovery are really, really low. Hugo denuded St. Croix and it's still recovering after