I well remember Camille.It was pre I-10 days and I was going cross country by the southern route. Much of the coastal highway from LA eastward had been relocated to Arkansas. It was simply gone, as though it had never even been built.
I think you underestimate what is going to be involved.
First there are tens of thousands of refugees to be evacuated, 30,000 plus from the Superdome alone. If a helicopter could land there, and if it could hold 20 people, then you are looking at 1500 trips. If each round trip including loading and offloading, refueling and maintenance takes one hour, then you are looking at 62 days to get everyone out of the Superdome. If you could devote twenty helicopters to the task then you are still looking at over three days of round the clock transportation.
Closing the breach in the levies will take longer. In the final analysis they will probably have to expand the exiting structure to where it is wide enough and sturdy enough to drive on to get the fill material there. That will likely take several weeks at a minimum to months as a realistic schedule.
Once the breaches are closed, pumping the water out will likely take weeks. Only then can the detox process begin. In all you are looking at a year or two for recovery.
This is yet another example of what I've been talking about in relation to the Iraq War drawing off resources needed for national security.
That's to be expected. Once the water rises to equilibrium it will stay the same.
The problem is getting the folk from their current location to the buses. Boats, helicopters and any other means will be used, but the sheer magnitude of the evacuation is daunting. Just to put it in perspective, the average city bus will hold 45 sitting passengers and is about 36 feet long. That means if you lined them suckers up the line of buses would be over three miles long.
There is a lot of work that needs to be done. If you can carry 45 people on each bus, and have 450 buses, it would still mean two trips for each bus just to handle the folk from the Superdome.
While Global Warming is certainly a factor, it's not the main cause. Check out the website from William Gray out in Colorado to get a feeling for the various factors that are involved.Aslan is not a Tame Lion
Hey LB. If you're part of the First Service, you have my full admiration. You folk are top notch and real heros.
IIRC though, you guys are somewhat short on shallow draft vessels due to the normal theater of operations. What is being done (the supply of shallow draft vessels in the area should be fine) to set up coordination, supply and maintenance for those that can be found?