Hurricane Isaac Miscellany: Becoming hot and bothered, inland creeks and rivers at historic highs, 2 types of levees and flooding sucks

Yep folks I think the post title pretty much sums things up. First up are the levees and dams including the one at Percy Quinn State Park that is a threat to break and flood an area inhabited by around 60,000 people.  Along those lines before Isaac hit Fox 8’s Bob Breck made a TeeVee funny that may become an Isaac prophesy that went something like….

There are two kinds of levees, those that have broke and those that are gonna break

True dat.  This whole Percy Quinn lake deal reminds me of the Big Bay Lake dam break back in 2004.  Earthen levees and dams in particular seem vulnerable based on my anecdotal experiences with this topic which brings me to Isaac’s flood victims.  On this topic I speak from personal experience so to paraphrase Mr Mackey, flooding sucks Um-kay.  In fact its sucks really bad.  To make matters worse Isaac was no Katrina so the nation’s attention span will be shorter.  One of the low points in the recovery process is when you think/realize most everyone has forgotten about the disaster while you’re still in recovery mode.  A California Slabber/vet of the 1994  Northridge Earthquake clued me into that bit of wisdom early on after Katrina on a finance message board and the advance knowledge did help later in 2006.

Next up are the power companies, whose excoriation in the social media will rise exponentially with the late August temperatures as crews work to restore power in NOLA metro and here in South Mississippi.  I write this basking in the 70 degree climate controlled confines of the worldwide offices of Slabbed New Media and I think I’ll take a convenient Ayn Randian position on the subject and pretend human beings are rational creatures.  With that set up let’s visit with Duris on the topic of power restoration in New Orleans via twitter: Continue reading “Hurricane Isaac Miscellany: Becoming hot and bothered, inland creeks and rivers at historic highs, 2 types of levees and flooding sucks”