Map from The New Orleans Advocate report below
This latest shocking news is beyond the pale. Given that about half of New Orleans is below sea level, the situation is so serious that the flooding there on August 5 is actually a blessing. It brought out the truth about the drainage system, which had been hidden for so long. Better to learn the truth now than when a Category 3 or higher category hurricane would directly strike New Orleans.
And no, Katrina was not a direct hit. The hurricane veered as it was coming ashore and its center was southeast of the city limits. The flooding in New Orleans associated with Katrina was from failures of structures meant to protect the city from a 'storm surge' -- tsunami-like flooding -- in the wake of a hurricane:
In the City of New Orleans, the storm surge caused approximately 23 breaches in drainage canal and navigational canal levees and floodwalls. The failures of structures are considered by experts to be the worst engineering disaster in the history of the United States. [Wikipedia]
By Della Hessalle
August 13, 2017