September 14, 2005

THINK ANY OF THEM WILL DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT?:

Surge Protection: New Orleans isn't the only city vulnerable to catastrophic flooding. How can we prevent the next tragedy? (DANIEL ENGBER, November 2005, Popular Mechanics)

Civil engineers called New Orleans a disaster waiting to happen: a bowl-shaped sprawl whose protective levees also prevented the natural replenishment of its clay, sand and silt foundations. Like Venice, New Orleans was sinking--by one-third of an inch per year--and the clearing of wetlands for real estate development left the city increasingly vulnerable to storm surges. No one predicted the breaching of multiple levees, but as PM reported in 2001, even a Category 2 hurricane could have destroyed New Orleans. Now municipal authorities everywhere are facing the same question: Could another metropolis sink under a wall of water? Here are four of the most susceptible cities, and how they plan to weather the storm.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2005 7:38 AM
Comments

from Article:

"London has been at risk for centuries--...In 1953, a storm hit London during high tide, killing more than 300. Since then, the city has continued to sink on its clay foundations. (In fact, all of Britain is tilting toward the southeast by 2 ft. per century.)"

It probably explains a great deal, like British membership in the EU.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 14, 2005 6:53 PM
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