The news again today, so far, is unsensational. The situation seems to be unfolding about as uneventfully as a catastrophic flood event could unfold. If such is the reward for sound engineering, wise planning, and ample warning, we are blessed to be so smart :=).
What struck me in today’s news and reports?
- Contrast Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden’s grim warning “We’re not out of the woods yet” statement in a TV interview this morning to New Orleans Mayor Landrieu’s bubbling assurance in his remarks recorded in yesterday’s post. Are these mayors 70 miles apart talking about the same River?
- We’ll have to leave a few minutes earlier to get to Baton Rouge Friday because the speed’s been reduced to 45 mph along a 10 or 15 mile stretch
of the Basin Spillway to minimize the risk of collision with wild critters seeking refuge on the elevated roadway.
- Mandatory evacuations were made official today for Butte La Rose and other St. Martin Parish Basin areas: more displaced home and camp owners facing ruin.
- The State Insurance Commissioner estimates that only 15% of the people at risk of losing homes and property in the Basin have flood insurance.
Today’s closing thought: Why would anyone live in the mother of all flood planes , much less without flood insurance? Cajuns’ sturdy self-reliance is well-documented, but do we stretch the trait too far?
On tomorrow Day 4, I’ll post some more . . .