Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wired: Before the Levees Break: A Plan to Save the Netherlands
Incredible article about flood protection in the Netherlands. Puts our puny system to shame.
It's embarrassing to see how far we've fallen. Given how pathetic are system is, it's hard to comprehend that it was the Dutch who came here for help from a Tulane engineer who was born and raised in New Orleans.
My favorite parts are towards the end:
Applying the Dutch model of risk-based design [to New Orleans' levees] would be a political nonstarter, if not unconstitutional, and the efforts of the Army Corps of Engineers would in no time be halted by an army of lawyers.
Meanwhile, the water keeps coming.
The article is really a must-read, especially the end.
UPDATE- Meanwhile, our 100-year storm protection grinds to a halt because of lawyers.
UPDATE 2- New model that takes dynamic effects of waves into account directly contradicts Corps' computer model. MUCH higher storm surge predicted than the Corps' computer model.