Hey look! It’s another blog post about Hurricane Katrina!
I’ve refrained from writing about the hurricane for several reasons. One is that there’s so much to say and think about that I could never write enough to satisfy myself. Another is that so many people are saying so much that I don’t feel the need to add my voice to the digital cacophony. There’s poetry for ya.
When I saw Katrina coming, I said to myself "Hey, this is The One they’ve been thinking about and preparing for for years". We’ve known this would happen for decades. When I was a little boy, studying geography, I looked at New Orleans, and said "That looks like a dumb place to have a city, someday a storm is going to come and sink it!". Studies have been done, and data quantified, showing the damage that would happen, how many people would be lost, how long it would take to recover, etc.
What surprises me most about Hurricane Katrina is that people are surprised about the aftermath. Weather forecasters have been metaphorically jumping up and down and screaming for years that this would happen.
The loss of life, property, and culture is a terrible terrible thing, but we all knew it was coming, and we chose not to prepare.
Check this National Geographic article out, it’s from October of 2004. It could be a press release today and be just about 100% accurate.