A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Monday, August 29, 2005

Say some prayers!

Hurricane Katrina is headed for New Orleans, as of midnight PST, and is currently a Category 5 hurricane. Here is a link to the National Hurricane Center.

Residents of the city have evacuated or gone to the Superdome, but who knows how safe the stadium will be.

Yahoo News:
"It's capable of causing catastrophic damage," said National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield. "Even well-built structures will have tremendous damage. Of course, what we're really worried about is the loss of lives.

"New Orleans may never be the same."
I've never been, but I have always wanted to visit New Orleans for its history. I hope it isn't too damaged.

Unfortunately,
For years, forecasters have warned of the nightmare scenario a big storm could bring to New Orleans, a bowl of a city that's up to 10 feet below sea level in spots and dependent on a network of levees, canals and pumps to keep dry from the Mississippi River on one side, Lake Pontchartrain on the other.

The fear is that flooding could overrun the levees and turn New Orleans into a toxic lake filled with chemicals and petroleum from refineries, as well as waste from ruined septic systems.
Say some prayers for New Orleans.