No, not that Katrina. I am referring to Hurricane Katrina. I've been following coverage of the aftermath of the storm, and it has left me very sad. So many have lost their lives, and many more have been rendered homeless. The scale of the catastrophe is extraordinary.
Why do people live in places that are at threat from natural disaster? Why do so many live near active volcanoes, over fault lines, within flood plains, and on eroding cliff tops? As sad as I am that so many good people have lost their lives in the wake of Katrina, I fail to understand why it is necessary for people to live in such places. And why did so many choose to “ride out the storm”, ignoring warnings?
The levee system in New Orleans was stupid. For decades, officials have ignored repeated warnings from hurricane experts that say the system was inadequate to the task. Indeed, the levee system is the main reason why the flooding occured so quickly, catching people who might otherwise would've had time to escape.
Aid to the dead, dying, and displaced has been slow. President Bush made a complete fool of himself by actually grinning during a post-catastrophe speech, telling Americans that everything would be okay. Well fuckhead, everything is far from okay.
Why do so many news agencies continue to misspell levee? It is L-E-V-E-E, not L-E-V-Y (which means something else entirely).