Timeline of a Disaster

There was a great article in the TP on Sunday outlining exactly how and where our levee system failed during K. What I like most about it is the depth of information that is put in one place. I had no idea that parts of the system began leaking as early as 4:30am on Monday. That is almost 2 hours before the storm had even made landfall.

The article also alludes the criminal neglect that put the levee system in the state that led to the K. Disaster.

Metal gates designed to prevent such leaks had been damaged by a derailment, removed and replaced by sandbags…

That my friend, just sounds like neglect and laziness.

My favorite part of the article has to be the animated map. It really puts the whole thing into a easy to understand visual representation.

And by the way: Hey, I’m Paul.

6 Comments so far

  1. dangerblond (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 9:49 pm

    Hi, Paul. I also thought that flash graphic of the flood was fascinating. I watched it several times, mesmerized. I was amazed that so much would not have been flooded if the 17th Street Canal had held. What a cluster-fuck.

  2. Jack Ware (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

    I must have watched that graphic 20 times this afternoon. I couldn’t stop. From listening to the radio the little bit I could after the storm and comparing that confused lack of any sort of reliable information to it; it sort of put things in place a little for me. The organization of information like that is something that should have been reported in near real time. It also sort of made it more real for me somehow, like there was a logical progression instead of a chaotic, unrelated series of events. Logical progressions are repeatable unlike some sort of “perfect storm” shit. This was just an average cat3 that triggered a man-made failure. It makes me more sure that someone, somewhere owes us all a big “oops, sorry ’bout that” but I know we’ll never hear anyone say that.

    We should gather up all the past politicians from the state level down and sting them up in Jackson Square for neglegance and we should do it two days before the next election and leave them there though hurricane season. Hell, let’s even dig up the dead ones, wire their bones together, and string them up as well. If we’d have done it right after the storm does anyone think there would have been more than one or two candidates running and they’d have had something a little more sincere to say?

    It’s the same reasoning that lead me to leave a dead cockroach in my bathroom for the last two weeks – It’s a fucking warning to any others that want to wander across my path. When the city floods again I know who I’m going to spend my time looking for…..the bastards. There isn’t a court in the land…

    I talk a good game but in all honesty I’ll probably be sitting on the roof of my shanty sucking on my last bottle of water like a big plastic teet and dry-firing my shotgun into my chin….lol.

    Some part of me feels this way to be sure, but it just isn’t the kind of person I am…which seems like kind of a shame. It wouldn’t suprise me if there were people out there who really are that kind of person and would do something rash given the right opportunity.

    ***I should say that I’m not condoning or suggesting any of the above in any other way than as a sick, ignorant joke.

  3. Jack Ware (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

    Oh, and good first post – nice to have you with us.

  4. Paul Murphy (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

    Yeah. I’ve watched that graphic over and over again as well. It is mesmerizing, when it is a map of all the places you know and love. I showed it to my Mom this afternoon and she keeps calling me saying things like: “This is amazing.” “It explains a lot.” and “How come we didn’t hear about levee breaches untill like 2:00pm, if they started so early?” The only answer I can come up with is: “I don’t know, Maw.”

  5. Marco (unregistered) on May 16th, 2006 @ 8:26 am

    Excellent graphic that shows and tells it all. Some tech genius should find some way one could mass distribute it so that mr detroit and mrs montana can take a peek.

  6. Laurie (unregistered) on May 20th, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

    When’re the geniuses gonna’ fill in MRGO?


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