Thursday, September 01, 2005

May Be Worth Watching

I saw this blurb about a show on PBS tomorrow night that some of you may find interesting. The show is NOW, and the topic is how the building of the Mississippi River levees around New Orleans helped create the conditions that made things so bad for that city in the recent hurricane:

What you don't know about Katrina and the Gulf Coast. NOW investigates why the devastation was so bad.

With the death toll rising and the damage estimates in the billions, NOW reports on why New Orleans was virtually defenseless against hurricane Katrina. On Friday, September 2, 2005 at 8:30 P.M. on PBS (check local listings), NOW explores how one of the biggest civil engineering projects in US history-the levying of the Mississippi River-set off an environmental chain reaction that helped destroy the natural barrier protecting New Orleans from catastrophic storms.

Update: This was pretty interesting, if short. The NO segment was only about 17 minutes. Thought it was pretty interesting how if you really wanted to, you could actually blame this whole thing on the French - they built the first levee! Ought to go over well here in Texas...



Blogger Michelle Fry said...

Good info. I'm just nerdy enough to love PBS. I'll be looking for the show.

9/01/2005 9:08 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Wow. I imagine Discover and History Channel will be airing similar shows. soon.

9/02/2005 11:39 AM  
Blogger Michelle Fry said...

I watched a show called "NOW" on PBS last night. I think it's the show you were talking about. I learned that Bush cut 90% of the funding that was being used to stop the errosion in the Delta. It was very informative but very sad.

9/03/2005 2:49 PM  
Blogger JC said...

Yeah, that was it. I've got a lot of problems with how the government has treated this issue and with their response, but I kind of feel like holding onto my tirade for a couple of weeks.

9/03/2005 3:36 PM  

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