Wed, 07 Sep 2005
"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees"Bush - "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees"
compare with: .. "Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.
When did this calamity happen? It hasn't yet. But the doomsday
scenario is not far-fetched. The Federal Emergency Management Agency
lists a hurricane strike on New Orleans as one of the most dire threats
to the nation, up there with a large earthquake in California or a
terrorist attack on New York City. Even the Red Cross no longer opens
hurricane shelters in the city, claiming the risk to its workers is too
"It's not if it will happen," says University of New Orleans geologist Shea Penland. "It's when."
from National Geographic of October 2004