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Washing Away - SPECIAL REPORT from THE TIMES-PICAYUNE - 2002

SPECIAL REPORT from THE TIMES-PICAYUNE -

It's only a matter of time before South Louisiana takes a direct hit from a major hurricane. Billions have been spent to protect us, but we grow more vulnerable every day.

Five-Part Series published June 23-27, 2002


- SPECIAL REPORT from THE TIMES-PICAYUNE -


It's only a matter of time before South Louisiana takes a direct hit from a major hurricane. Billions have been spent to protect us, but we grow more vulnerable every day.

Five-Part Series published June 23-27, 2002

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DAY 1

DAY 2

# IN HARM'S WAY Levees, our best protection from flooding, may turn against us.
# WRITTEN OFF A new hurricane levee will protect some, but leave some coastal towns outside the walls.
# EVOLVING DANGERS - Scientists say we're more vulnerable than we thought.
# GALLERIES, GRAPHICS and more

» Go to Part 1


# THE BIG ONE A major hurricane could decimate the region, but flooding from even a moderate storm could kill thousands. It's just a matter of time.
# EVACUATION It's the best chance for survival, but it's a bumpy road, and 100,000 will be left to face the fury.
# LOOK BACK AT GEORGES - Stories, video and weblogs from Hurricane Georges.
# STORM WARNING - The weather bulletin that set off what was then the biggest evacuation in U.S. history.

» Go to Part 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

# EXPOSURE'S COST In the wake of Sept. 11, insurers are taking a hard look at high-risk areas and levying tough fees, a change that's already affection our economy.
# SEEKING SHELTER Three years after Hurricane Floyd, some North Carolina residents are still in temporary shelters.
# BUILDING BETTER - Changes to building codes could ensure that more of New Orleans' buildings would survive a storm.

» Go to Part 3


# TEMPTING FATE As the country becomes more crowded, the damage from natural disasters skyrockets in at-rist areas such as Louisiana's coast.
# MODEL SOLUTIONS Experts are using high-powered computers to create models that predict where flooding and storm surge dangers are worst.
# SHIFTING TIDE - The Army Corps of Engineers has made Louisiana habitable . . . but it's also caused many of the problems.

» Go to Part 4

DAY 5

HURRICANE CENTER

# COST OF SURVIVAL: New Orleans will continue sinking and hurricanes will continue threatening us. But efforts to rebuild the areas's natural coastal protections are showing promise.

» Go to Part 5


# STAY INFORMED: When tropical systems begin churning toward the United States, NOLA.com's extensive Hurricane Center provides up-to-the-minute details on everything from multiple satellite views to expert forecasts to local Doppler on demand.

» Go to Hurricane Center

» Part 1 - In Harm's Way
» Part 2 - The Big One
» Part 3 - Exposure's Cost
» Part 4 - Tempting Fate
» Part 5 - Cost of Survival

# IN HARM'S WAY Levees, our best protection from flooding, may turn against us.
# WRITTEN OFF A new hurricane levee will protect some, but leave some coastal towns outside the walls.
# EVOLVING DANGERS - Scientists say we're more vulnerable than we thought.
# GALLERIES, GRAPHICS and more

» Go to Part 1


# THE BIG ONE A major hurricane could decimate the region, but flooding from even a moderate storm could kill thousands. It's just a matter of time.
# EVACUATION It's the best chance for survival, but it's a bumpy road, and 100,000 will be left to face the fury.
# LOOK BACK AT GEORGES - Stories, video and weblogs from Hurricane Georges.
# STORM WARNING - The weather bulletin that set off what was then the biggest evacuation in U.S. history.

» Go to Part 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

# EXPOSURE'S COST In the wake of Sept. 11, insurers are taking a hard look at high-risk areas and levying tough fees, a change that's already affection our economy.
# SEEKING SHELTER Three years after Hurricane Floyd, some North Carolina residents are still in temporary shelters.
# BUILDING BETTER - Changes to building codes could ensure that more of New Orleans' buildings would survive a storm.

» Go to Part 3


# TEMPTING FATE As the country becomes more crowded, the damage from natural disasters skyrockets in at-rist areas such as Louisiana's coast.
# MODEL SOLUTIONS Experts are using high-powered computers to create models that predict where flooding and storm surge dangers are worst.
# SHIFTING TIDE - The Army Corps of Engineers has made Louisiana habitable . . . but it's also caused many of the problems.

» Go to Part 4

DAY 5

HURRICANE CENTER

# COST OF SURVIVAL: New Orleans will continue sinking and hurricanes will continue threatening us. But efforts to rebuild the areas's natural coastal protections are showing promise.

» Go to Part 5



NOLA.com: Hurricane Center

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