31-Aug-2005

Too Many Fricking Cooks Says Mayor

An entire city is under water, in the most powerful country on earth. And it is not the residents but the mayor who is cursing:
"There is way too many fricking ... cooks in the kitchen," (New Orleans Mayor) Nagin said in a phone interview ..., fuming over what he said were scuttled plans to plug a 200-yard breach near the 17th Street Canal, allowing Lake Pontchartrain to spill into the central business district.
New Orleans apparently has a river on one side and a lake on the other. And the city itself is 10 feet below the level of the water. So they have levees to hold the water back. These seem to have been breached and the water is finding its level. Things appear to be really bad. It could be months before the residents are even let back into the city - and what they would do when they return is anybody's guess.

Mumbai got off light in comparison.

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