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My Property…..Riverfront…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 28-08-2015

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My property lies 21 feet below sea level. And it is surrounded by water, one is a major river that is navigable and  the other is a large lake of tremendous portions of water….water is very, very, plentiful all around me. And every few years we have major storms that break the dikes that is suppose to keep the lake water and river water out of my property. Every time that happens, and I get flooded,  I call on you folks to help me out, to help rescue me and my family and to help me rebuild by houses and barns….oh, and I have many, many buildings and a very large family. And you know what, every time I have a storm or I am inundated with rain or floods, you come to my rescue….I really appreciate you doing that and I am glad you do not get tired of making that sacrifice. You have not failed me yet….I am the City of New Orleans and “I ain’t moving”. (Does this make any sense?)….Yeah, I know…that is not how I should look at it….So, you please tell me, just how  should  I view this situation?

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You have a couple of errors in your piece about New Orleans. In the first place, I remember the dikes breaking and the Ninth Ward being flooded only once in recent years and that was during Katrina. Secondly, it was essentially only the Ninth Ward that was flooded then with the remainder of New Orleans staying high and essentially dry suffering mainly wind damage. The Ninth Ward probably should have never been developed since much of it was 21 feet below the level of Lake Pontchatran, but it seemed to the politicians of New Orleans like a good place to put a large percentage of the black population as they became economically able to buy houses of their own. It was a good place to put them to keep them “out of sight and out of mind and in imminent danger of being wiped out, which seemed, to the politicians, the best part of the deal. This is the racist part of Katrina. The racist part is the reason the Ninth Ward was developed in the first place. It was not in response to the disaster by FEMA or the Federal and State Governments. Please don’t move! New Orleans is a beautiful place, and it is one of the best seaports, particularly in the South, but also in the nation with a direct connection via the Mississippi River system to the heartland of America. New Orleans is worth the investment of a little money in order to restore it after a natural disaster which can happen anywhere occasionally and will.

Those people who live below the level of the waters of New Orleans know the consequences of their actions. It’s their money and they can buy where ever they want. I have warned them that they will be flooded again, next hurricane or bad storm….It will happen..It just seems foolish to me but evidently they feel just like you do. I would not live there, in that area…. There is higher ground in Louisiana…

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