Tuesday, September 13, 2005

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Plans afoot to rebuild New Orleans: Plans are being drawn up to retain historic areas of the city while rebuilding residential areas on higher ground and regenerating old wetlands to reduce the risk of future flooding.

"We need to be very careful about rebuilding very low areas of the coast. Nature has told us that we should not be living there." Larry Schmidt, Louisiana director of the Trust for Public Land

It appears that reports of the death of New Orleans are exaggerated - in fact the French Quarter (the historic bit of the city) was not flooded. It was only the bits that were built in the 20th century, when people were overconfident with the use of flood barriers and so on.

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