If exposure to hurricanes were a reason to relocate people out of New Orleans, then we might as well relocate everyone who lives in an area when events can be described by a scale, be it Saffir Simpson, Richter or Fujita. Out West, the earth is spider webbed with dangerous earth quake producing fault systems. And there’s tornado alley. And even areas that don’t have events measurable by a scale experience major natural and weather events. The Northwest will be blanketed by volcanic glass and subsequent snowmelt / flooding again. The Midwest regularly floods when rivers over top their banks. California fires are an annual threat. The Dakotas suffer annual ice storms. And finally, Hurricanes threaten the entire coast from Canada to Mexico regardless of substrate.
The majority of the United States population lives in counties protected by levees.
- The federal government’s study of the failed levee system during Katrina was convened and managed by the agency responsible for its performance – the Army Corps of Engineers.
Source: US Army Corps of Engineers
John McQuaid: To label the 2005 New Orleans Flood a natural disaster is a distortion. And it is quite convenient for those who screwed up
Source: Forbes Magazine
- The United States District Court in Louisiana placed responsibility of the collapse of the 17th Street and London Avenue Canals squarely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Source: US District Court
Half of New Orleans is at or well above sea level.
Source: Tulane and Xavier Universities
The reported drive-by levee inspections pre-Katrina were irrelevant in the catastrophic flooding in New Orleans.