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September 07, 2005

National Geographic Predicted Katrina in 2004

Like most people, I'm still trying to figure out how to help and how to make sense of what went wrong.  While it seems that the news is suddenly reporting progress being made, the first few days after Katrina had me wanting to commandeer a bus and go down and get people out of there myself.  I would have had no shortage of people willing to go along I'm sure.

We heard that this could not have been predicted, but if you read this National Geographic Article from October, 2004 you will find yourself checking the date a couple of times because it reads just like a news report from last week.  If you keep reading you will see that there was a proposal to spend 30 billion dollars over 10 years to try to fix the problem, but that was cut to 2 billion dollars over the next ten years.  Unfortunately it will now cost many times that, not to mention the terrible loss of life.  Having grown up on the Ohio River and seen it get out of its banks many times, I'm familiar with the argument that dams and levees work to a point, and then they just make things worse.  Ultimately nature will have its way.

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