Ten years ago, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the levees failed. We had been assured that the levees were good for a 100-year storm, but clearly they weren’t.
Now, 10 years later, with all of the improvements made and money spent, we’re being told that the city is ready for a 100-year storm. It seems ironic that we are being given the same assurances today as we were 10 years ago.
I’m worried that if another 100-year storm hits New Orleans, we may not be ready for it yet. As someone who wants to live in New Orleans as an adult, and raise a family here, the quote in The New Orleans Advocate from a hurricane expert that says a 30-year mortgage pretty much guarantees a flooded home at some point worries me greatly.