Wednesday, May 31, 2006
MidCity exits the Flood Zone
and enters the Twilight Zone
"This change is the result of a flood review that was performed in accordance with the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, a Federal law, amended by the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994. This review indicates that your property is no longer in a flood zone..."
I rushed out to the porch to make sure that this letter was not the result of a determination that I was now officially a resident of the seabed of the Gulf of Mexico, but there was no sign of sea life, not even a gull. Neither were there any signs of diminutive neighbors, crushed witches or any hint of yellow in the crumbling macadam visible from my porch.
No, there's the debris piles in front of the houses, and the one remaining rescue mark on the block. The gaily decorated flood car remains at the corner of Toulouse and N. St. Patrick. Best I can tell, I'm still in MidCity in New Orleans and neither in Oz nor rehearsing "Under The Sea" with a guy in a crab suit.
I will await the letter announcing that I am now required to participate in some other sort of program due to a determination that my house is situated in the Twilight Zone.
Katrina NOLA New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Think New Orleans Louisiana FEMA levees flooding Corps of Engineers We Are Not OK
Just an excuse since I liked that graphic, but the flooding timeline that it came with was more noteworthy when it came out a couple of weeks ago. It actually gave a fairly good idea of how parts of mid-city looked last fall and some,most maybe, still look. Of course, not even the dark blue was unscathed, but you could see the difference between even the blue and the green.
This truly is madness. So do we at least get to pick which Twilight Zone episode we like best? I'm thinking maybe Burgess Meredith and the library with the broken glasses.
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