Originally Posted by RobertWood
It's all so unbelievable what we're witnessing. But the most overwhelming thing of all to me
is the realization that an entire major city full of people now have to relocate. The city will be uninhabitable for a long period of time. So that means that people, a great many whose families have lived in New Orleans for generations, can no longer live there and likely will never be able to return. They will have to relocate and begin their lives all over somewhere else. It's unprecedented in American history.
Yes but haven't they really been fighting the inevitable for a long long time there?
Shouldn't they have done more ... could more have been done to prepare for this kind of event?
It reminds me of my state's largest resort city, built on a skinny strip of barrier island, created by a large storm many years ago. Every passing storm tries to obliterate the barrier island. Every year they use tax dollars to dredge the sand that storms and just "regular weather" have stripped from the beaches.
Why? Because people wanted to defy nature, wanted to live in opposition to reality. Well, you can't defy reality. You can only taunt it.
One day the barrier island will be taken back.
N.O. has become exactly what nature made it, a big flooded saucer.