Seven years ago about this time, New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast area were hunkering down and preparing for a hurricane. That hurricane was Katrina, which killed 1800 people in the city of New Orleans alone as the storm overwhelmed the city’s levee system. Now, New Orleans is preparing for another hurricane. Hurricane Isaac is bearing down for New Orleans, and is scheduled to make landfall on Wednesday. That’s the seventh anniversary of Katrina, which devastated the region.
“It seems to be settling into a pathway and a speed that is becoming predictable,” said New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu, brother of Senator Mary Landrieu. ”It is quite ironic that we have a hurricane threatening us on the seventh anniversary of Katrina. There is nothing this storm will bring us that we are not capable of handling.”
Hurricane Isaac is expected to come to land as a category 2 hurricane, with 100 mile-an-hour winds and heavy rain. That’s less than Hurricane Katrina, which was a category 3 hurricane with 125 mile-an-hour wind. New Orleans has invested $10 billion in federal funds in improving its pumping stations and levee system in the wake of Katrina, but the city is expected to face 8-12 foot tidal surges which could wash over the top of the levees. Mayor Landrieu has not ordered any evacuation of New Orleans.
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