New Orleans media quote of the night

28 08 2005

“Estimates have been made of tens of thousands of deaths from flooding that could overrun the levees and turn New Orleans into a 30-foot-deep toxic lake filled with chemicals and petroleum from refineries, and waste from ruined septic systems.” – AP

I remember a couple of years ago reading an article about New Orleans ongoing water problem – essentially, New Orleans has flooding issues even in the best of times – but it looks like Katrina is really going to put it to the test.

New Orleans is effectively a giant bowl that runs six to twelve feet below sea level. Estimates at the moment are that there are 100,000 people inside who have no means of escape.

A few hours ago it also occurred to me – several highways & roads out of the area are in absolute gridlock – what is going to happen to all the people stuck in their cars when this crazy bitch comes through? Especially those sitting out there on those low bridges and such – it’s not going to be a good situation.

I hope the worst does not materialize, but this is the most sensationally-worded weather bulletin I’ve ever read.

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