90-95% evacuation is pretty amazing when you think about it.
Why did people leave this time?
- 3 years, apparently, is too short of time to forget the consequences of a major disaster
- Mayor Nagin’s over the top “Storm of the Century” – “You’ll be hacking yourself out with an axe” advisement to citizens
- Upgraded forecasts to category 4s and 5s.
- Accurate prediction of landfall early on (can reinforce to citizens of a particular area for 3-5 days)
- Organization and instruction from officials ( that leadership thing, ya know!)
Basically, the consequences became clear enough to most people and their were leaders guiding people.
Now, without the pictures of people on roofs and loss of life, will this storm leave an impression to last another 3 years?
With Gustav, we get instant accountability for the government, Corp. of engineers and other organizations spending our tax dollars. Will the levees hold?
From the news, it doesn’t look like it.
Gustav was not a direct hit nor a major category 3 and 4 and the levees don’t look good. The 3 years of re-engineering clearly have not strengthened the city to be able to handle this.
Will this public display bring accountability for people spending our money to fix things?
Probably not without the pictures of death and destruction.
Climate change disbelievers need quite an explanation for the erosion of the wetlands and the current season of weather. From the Iowa floods to 3 tropical systems live right now, to the monsoon in Arizona…
Worse than the increase in weather events is the desctruction of natural protection like wetlands or the lack of rain that causes these hot dry droughts in California that create a 6 month fire season seem. The problem with erosion of natural protection (which is far easier to show human causes for) is that even normal weather events become destructive.
Methinks it’s going to take far bigger consequences to sway the opponents of climate change.