March 31, 2006

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING WHY NO ONE BOTHERED FIXING THEM BEFORE KATRINA:

Levee Repair Costs Triple: New Orleans May Lack Full Protection (Peter Whoriskey and Spencer S. Hsu, March 31, 2006, Washington Post )

The Bush administration said yesterday that the cost of rebuilding New Orleans's levees to federal standards has nearly tripled to $10 billion and that there may not be enough money to fully protect the entire region.

Donald E. Powell, the administration's rebuilding coordinator, said some areas may be left without the protection of levees strong enough to meet requirements of the national flood insurance program. Those areas probably would face enormous obstacles in attracting home buyers and investors willing to build there.


Why not just divvy the money up among residents and forget rebuilding it as a residential city?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 31, 2006 7:11 AM
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It would probably be cheaper to put everything in the below sea level areas on top of 10-foot platforms, flood the area and turn the Ninth Ward into the U.S. version of Venice.

Posted by: John at March 31, 2006 10:45 AM

Venice floods, but it doesn't have hurricanes.

It would be cool, though, LA would be travel mecca and wouldn't be in the bottom 50 anymore.

Posted by: Sandy P at March 31, 2006 11:29 AM

See, this is the plan I brought up earlier and got complaints. The money shouldn't be divied up, it should be used to buy any property on which the owners make a federal disaster claim. Pay pre-hurriance market price, that's fine. But no rebuilding.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at March 31, 2006 11:58 AM

Assuming a population (pre-Kat) of 1.2 million, for $10 billion you could give every adult and child in New Orleans a check for $8,000+.

For a family of four that's a nice down-payment ($32,000) for a new home. But then they might move out of the 9th ward.

Posted by: Gideon at April 1, 2006 5:53 AM
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