2001 article predicted New Orleans flood

Sep 01, 2005

A 2001 story in the magazine Scientific American predicted the flooding that New Orleans suffered from Hurricane Katrina.

The October 2001 article titled "Drowning New Orleans" detailed reasons the area is vulnerable to major storms and flooding and problems with mass evacuations. It recommended steps to protect the area.

The construction of levees and other industrial developments in former marshlands between the city and the Gulf of Mexico has deteriorated a buffer that would slow rising waters and incoming storms. The article called for massive reengineering of the area to save the city.

Engineers called for the similar changes Thursday.

More than 30,000 U.S. servicemen and women are on the Gulf Coast assisting evacuation, rescue and security operations.

Katrina devastated much in its path Monday but New Orleans especially was hard hit when levees gave way.

President Bush has called it the worst natural disaster ever in the United States.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

Explore further: Brian Schmidt discusses the fast-firing universe

Related Stories

Online reputation crucial for small businesses

Nov 02, 2012

On Yelp, a popular review site for everything from restaurants to gas stations, fans of Mari Luangrath's cupcake-delivery shop have noted the "hustle" of her operation and the "subtle" flavors of its products.

Recommended for you

Brian Schmidt discusses the fast-firing universe

27 minutes ago

In 1998, a team led by a former Harvard graduate student shocked the astrophysics world by publishing results that said the expansion of the universe, believed to be gradually slowing, was instead accelerating.

Birth of a radio phoenix

2 hours ago

Abell 1033 is a cluster of over 350 galaxies located about 1.7 billion light-years away. Collisions between galaxies in clusters are common events, and each merger heats and shocks the nearby gas. The rapidly ...

Liquid crystal bubble OASIS in space

14 hours ago

No matter how beautiful or crystal clear the bubbling waters of an oasis may be, they seldom lead to technology breakthroughs. Yet, NASA's OASIS investigation's bubbles may lead to an ocean of new improvements ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.