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September 7th, 2005 (06:11 am)

So, if everybody evacuates New Orleans, is it still a city? Can there be a government there when there's nobody to represent?

It may become more than a theoretical question. Over the next six months, it's likely that the city government is going to want to demolish some badly damaged homes; if the owners contest the decision, they may try challenging the government's legitimacy.


Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: September 7th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)

Maybe they can get the state to take a hand.

Demolishing "badly damaged" homes isn't the only issue. One of the big issues with any flood is if untreated sewage is in the water, the buildings and furniture then become marinated in it. Even if it could be dried out*, it's contaminated and needs to be disposed of by health codes, but it might look just fine.

*Drying out is problematic of itself; wallboard warps and turns into mud between cardboard layers, plywood warps, carpet and the spongy padding is a breeding ground even without flood waters....

Posted by: JT (learnteach)
Posted at: September 7th, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
It's more confusing than that...

Rebuild issues for the businesses...ow, ow, ow...and infrastructure....

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