Reuters reports Gustav threatens Jamaica. “Jamaicans deserted the streets and government offices closed as a strengthening Tropical Storm Gustav took aim at the island on Thursday on a path toward the Gulf of Mexico oil fields as a powerful hurricane…
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal put New Orleans residents on alert for possible evacuations from Friday, the third anniversary of Katrina’s strike.”
According to The Times-Picayune, New Orleans isn’t ready yet for another hurricane. The Area’s flood shield still has danger zones.
If Gustav heads into southeast Louisiana, scientists and engineers agree that large swaths of the region could be at great risk of flooding from even a moderate storm surge, especially neighborhoods near the Industrial Canal and on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish…
Almost $13 billion in work remains to be done before the region is protected from a 100-year storm — about the size of Hurricane Rita — and that means much of the hurricane protection system remains at risk…
The system’s Achilles heel remains the Industrial Canal area, where $695 million worth of structures are planned… But that work, still being designed, won’t start to provide any storm surge protection until this time next year.
Three years to make a positive difference, but the Bush administration comes up empty handed. Now if Gustav makes landfall as a hurricane, people likely will be killed by a storm in New Orleans… again.
Meanwhile, the Republicans are wondering if they should push back their convention one week so John McCain can accept his party’s nomination on September 11th. According to Fox Noise, Gustav threatens RNC plans. “Mindful of the pitfalls of hosting cocktail parties while Gulf Coast residents are being evacuated, John McCain’s campaign suggested Thursday that Republicans could postpone their upcoming national convention in St. Paul if Tropical Storm Gustav makes landfall over the weekend.”
Which Bush administration failure does McCain wish to associate with? 9/11 or Katrina? My guess is 9/11, but then who can say? The Republicans chose to celebrate the nation’s crumbling infrastructure by holding their fête in the Twin Cities.
Four at Four continues the U.S. defeat in Afghanistan, Putin feeding Georgia conspiracy theories, and investigations, er a whole lot of nothing, from Congress.