I was just watching this Associated Press video of New Orleans and it’s like a flashback to 2005. Even though most of the southeast is in a drought, New Orleans is getting a ton of rain and flooding in parts. They’ve closed down some streets and Mayor Ray Nagin is asking residents to stay at home.
Apparently the pumps are doing what they are supposed to, but it’s just not fast enough. It’s not as if it’s going to get any better any time soon. That’s what happens when you sit in a bowl that’s below sea level. They do have some choices as to what to do with the city. The need to look at the Netherlands for some examples of engineering if they city is going to remain for another 100 years. Floating houses and better sea walls, rebuilding the natural areas around New Orleans, building up some of the extremely low levels, these are some of the things that they can do.