New Orleans, Louisiana Is it Worth Rebuilding?. Kristen L. Clarke 04 Nov 2005 Geology 107. Hurricane Katrina 29 August 2005. Final Landfall – Central Gulf Coast category IV hurricane 140 mph winds 3 rd most powerful storm of the season
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Kristen L. Clarke
04 Nov 2005
29 August 2005
Final Landfall – Central Gulf Coast
Areas of Flooding
Satellite Photo of
New Orleans – 31 Aug
“ With the projected rate of subsidence (the natural sinking of land), wetland loss, and sea level rise, New Orleans will likely be on the verge of extinction by this time next century.”
-Dr. Chip Groat, Director of
the United States Geological
Survey in Washington D.C. 2001
Loss of a natural hurricane barrier
Statistics show another ‘Katrina’ is inevitable
How far below sea level can it survive?
With current rates, New Orleans’ highest point will be below sea level in 100 years
Where will the money come from?
What we lose
New Orleans is best known for Bourbon Street and Mardis Gras. By not rebuilding we lose a distinct cultural site. The history, people, architecture, food, music and traditions make New Orleans a truly unique place.
In addition, by not rebuilding we would see a decrease in the oil and fish industries of the United States.
Would all these be equivalent to $200 billion dollars to rebuild a city that is doomed in the end?