Find out why the biggest catastrophe to befall an American city in peace time
was called the most expensive engineering failure in American history.
When New Orleans was founded, it was located 125 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and protected by wetlands, which had served as buffers against storms for hundreds of years or more. Find out what the Army Corps of Engineers did to destroy the effectiveness of this natural protection.
New Orleans is not the only American city at risk for flooding. And contrary to popular belief, large portions of the city are above sea level. Find out which of those dangerous conditions that precipitated the situation in New Orleans are present in other American cities, including: Detroit, Baltimore, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Louisville, Kansas City, Omaha, Portland, Omaha, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Washington DC., Savannah, Memphis, Honolulu, and Jacksonville.
Note: I take a special interest in this stuff, as I have family living in Louisiana, some have evacuated at this point. My son rode out Katrina in a ship, I wrote about it on OEN: click here