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post #1 of 77 (permalink) Old 08-31-2005, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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In the wake of Katrina and reading the stories and seeing the imagery of the devastation left in the wake of Katrina I have always been happy with what I have but never really appreciated it as much as I do right now. I just with that every time I bitch about something minor I can remember that there are millions with nothing right now that were or could have very well been in my same position.

As far as disasters -- this is quite possibly the worst this country has even seen -- I mean one of our largest cities is fully emerged in water just like a movie. As depressing as it is it is also awesome in how our landscape can change so fast.

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Maybe now we won't build cities below sea level and then try to block it off with walls?* Yeah I feel sorry for them, but it's like they all deserve the Darwin award.* Let's all build our houses below sea level and then complain when the ocean invades! Anyway, but yeah it makes me appreciate the fact that my apartment isn't below sea level next to an ocean.

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Its not anyones fault really. I mean its Mother Nature. They cant stop it unless they get out of there. It doesnt matter what happens to a house, office, building, car, boat, etc. That stuff can be replaced. Only thing that matters is that they are ok and they get to live on. Thats the main and most important thing. I feel bad for them. I would call this the worst thing in US history. Maybe the worst storm.


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Yea, the magnitude of damage is huge. I can feel for those people because my parents live 2 miles from the ocean, and with hurricanes, you lose everything. the worst part is that it takes forever to cleanup

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nope worst storm was Galvaston, TX 1900...8000 people died from a hurricane flooding the entire island. If people hadn't evacuated New Orleans in droves we would be seeing a MUCH higher death toll(yes I know there isn't any numbers yet but I don't see 8000+ dying in this event).

To say it's not their fault though is a little silly. I mean everytime I hear of hurricanes hitting Florida over and over and over each year and people rebuilding over and over and over. I can't feel too bad for them. They KNOW where they live. People living in New Orleans KNOW where they live as well. Just they have been extrememly lucky up until now. That's not to say we shouldn't help those people but natural selection can take some of them down, I just feel bad for the ones that couldn't get out of the city, too poor, or handicapped with no help.

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No doubt it's a horrendous catastrophe. Besides building a city below sea level, what I've never understood is why the levees that are supposed to protect New Orleans from flooding were designed to withstand a Cat 3 hurricane. Have the local government officials and residents never heard of Cat 4 and 5?

Also, and of course predictably, the Islamic extrememists are rejoicing at America's misfortune:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2...na-world_x.htm

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Im in Houston and they are sending the Entire City of NO here!!!
AHHHHHh the horror!
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This is a good post.

I don't think the author of this thread meant for everyone to be pointing fingers at the cities that have been affected by this distaster. For one, New Orleans was founded in the early 1700s by the French before we were even known as the USA so none of the people really had a choice where they 'built their town.' Yes, in most cases, it was their choice to live there, but again, that is not the issue here.

The point of this thread is to recognize that, at any time, any one of us could experience a horrible distaster such as this. Maybe it won't be the same magnitude as Katrina, but nonetheless, it's a disaster. Be thankful for what you have and the people who helped you to get there. Your family, your friends, your teachers and professors, your pastor, minister, priest, even those people who you might not even know that extended a hand to help you, and all of those who care about you and make even a minute difference in your life.

Below is a link to the American Red Cross homepage. Even if you haven't been directly affected by Katrina, do what you can to help and donate something if you can spare it. I know if it was me down there, I would want all the help I could get. Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers.

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cbogey thanks for actually reading and not making this another dumb ass thread where everyone states their opinion of how stupid others are. New Orleans was founded as a gateway, or port, city from the Gulf of Mexico to the inland rivers that fed a lot of the South East. It grew because it became a major port and trading post. Which is why most of our major cities today are major -- they all started as a major trading post along some sort of trade route.

The reason these people keep rebuilding is because they call it home -- the easy thing to do is pack up and move somewhere where you could be unhappy but for me if im happy somewhere I will try my damdest to stay there.

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These people will not feel at home in the Astrodome, thats for sure


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[size=16pt]At least 25,000 of Hurricane Katrina's refugees, a majority of them at the New Orleans Superdome, will travel in a bus convoy to Houston starting Wednesday and will be sheltered at the 40-year-old Astrodome, which hasn't been used for professional sporting events in years.

Rusty Cornelius, administrative coordinator for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, told The Associated Press that initial plans were being made early Wednesday.

"We are planning on being able to do a full shelter operation for 25,000 people," he said.

Cornelius said the refugees would be bused to Houston, but all would not necessarily be on the road at the same time. He said specifics of the transport and housing for the refugees were still being worked out with the Red Cross and state government officials.

"We want to accommodate those people as quickly as possible for the simple reason they have been through a horrible ordeal," he said.

Gov. Kathleen Blanco has said she wanted the Superdome which had become a shelter of last resort for about 20,000 people evacuated within two days, along with other gathering points for storm refugees. The situation inside the dank and sweltering Superdome was becoming desperate: The water was rising, the air conditioning was out, toilets were broken, and tempers were rising.

The Astrodome is the famed landmark that helped put Houston on the map four decades ago. It still stands but is dwarfed by Reliant Stadium, the Houston Texans newly constructed home.

The Astrodome opened in 1965, 10 years before the Superdome in New Orleans.
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