Five Years Later

August 29, 2010

  

Industrial Canal Seawall with the Lower 9 to the right

Copyright 2008 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Today is the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting the Gulf Coast and there have been many stories printed and aired marking this occasion.  

Earlier this year, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) posted their 2010 hurricane season outlook and it would appear that this has the potential to be a rough season.   

Industrial Canal Seawall-space between the old and repaired sections

Copyright 2008 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

New Orleans lies mostly below sea level and a series of levees, seawalls, and pumps provides protection during such horrendous weather.  John McPhee has written about dealing with nature on such a grand scale in The Control of Nature and is a recommended read.  (For more about Hurricane Katrina specifically, Come Hell or High Water by Michael Eric Dyson and The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley are also highly recommended.) 

If  the usual hurricane season were not enough, this year brings with it the added concern of the BP oil spill and the possibility of the oil being driven further onshore by a storm surge. 

Here’s hoping the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are not further tested. 

Take care.

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