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October 2001
    #4625358 - 09/06/05 01:33 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)



The boxes are stacked eight feet high and line the walls of the large, windowless room. Inside them are new body bags, 10,000 in all. If a big, slow-moving hurricane crossed the Gulf of Mexico on the right track, it would drive a sea surge that would drown New Orleans under 20 feet of water. "As the water recedes," says Walter Maestri, a local emergency management director, "we expect to find a lot of dead bodies."

New Orleans is a disaster waiting to happen. The city lies below sea level, in a bowl bordered by levees that fend off Lake Pontchartrain to the north and the Mississippi River to the south and west. And because of a damning confluence of factors, the city is sinking further, putting it at increasing flood risk after even minor storms. The low-lying Mississippi Delta, which buffers the city from the gulf, is also rapidly disappearing. A year from now another 25 to 30 square miles of delta marsh--an area the size of Manhattan--will have vanished. An acre disappears every 24 minutes. Each loss gives a storm surge a clearer path to wash over the delta and pour into the bowl, trapping one million people inside and another million in surrounding communities. Extensive evacuation would be impossible because the surging water would cut off the few escape routes. Scientists at Louisiana State University (L.S.U.), who have modeled hundreds of possible storm tracks on advanced computers, predict that more than 100,000 people could die. The body bags wouldn't go very far.

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Re: October 2001 [Re: newuser1492]
    #4625459 - 09/06/05 02:02 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)


All I know is The Growery is a place where losers who get banned here go.

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Re: October 2001 [Re: afoaf]
    #4625794 - 09/06/05 03:50 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Foresight usually is when you have good eyes.

"I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

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