Your Quote ::: "" Like I said, I am sorry I offended you but these are my beliefs. I am also sorry that you were homeless for a year - but by God's grace you are obviously ok now or you would not be on the internet. If you can barely eat and pay rent let me know where I can get a free internet connection like you!!!! ""
That IS a Personal Insult …. FYI !!!!!!!!
So How else would I take it... Oh... pretty please enlighten me with your wondrous Wisdom!!
***Edited By: IVYdragonn on 9/8/2005 3:50:16 PM*** Reason: add
One of the biggest issues we need to consider is decontamination. The flood water contains a number of chemicals, and at this point, scientists have yet to determine what some of those chemicals are or how contaminated the soil will be as a result of those chemicals. Essentially, before deciding how to proceed, we need to know if we're facing a Love Canal-type situation.
Many of the workers from the oil rigs and refineries that aren't operational right now (and thus leading to an increase in gas prices, lived in New Orleans). Also, many of the companies that perform the testing necessary for ensuring the oil companies aren't over polluting and that the refineries' products were up to standard were located in New Orleans (as were their employees).
New Orleans has always been a safer place to live and to operate a business than the low-lying parishes are. If you want gas prices to come down, you do not want all of those employees and testing companies to move to the low-lying parishes because they constantly have to be evacuated, and as a result, the businesses there have to shut down. Furthermore, if a storm didn't do much damage to a rig, production would still slow because the rigs would have to wait for the employees to get back from evacuation-land.
The news has showed a great deal of the flooding in New Orleans, but hasn't given much coverage to the other areas in Louisiana. The low-lying parishes got creamed.
Most of the buildings in New Orleans don't need to be "rebuilt"; they need to be decontaminated and restored. As a whole, the city held up well to wind damage. The news keeps showing footage of the 9th Ward, which fell apart because none of the buildings there had been maintained. However, in most neighborhoods the buildings are still there and are structurally intact, but they're full of toxic water.
Being a Owner of Home Construction Company... From what I see it's too much damage to go in and drain the water and try to rehab what is left. toxic water damage, mold... on and on... the cost to Rehab is way more than to build a New Structure....
I think only the historical building should be Rehab-ed … New built for the rest…
Decontamination is a VERY big issue… so true… the land and the surrounding water ways.. and the Gulf.
Good point about employees evacuations… Not one that came to mind…
***Edited By: IVYdragonn on 9/8/2005 5:38:39 PM*** Reason: add
What if the damage is only on one floor of a multi-floor building? Of course, there are no basements in New Orleans.
Putting cost aside, can the rehabbing be done? Many of the most impressive buildings that people are worried about keeping are insured through the nose. The people with the circa 1830 mansions have plenty of insurance; it's the bulk of the population that is in trouble.
Proto… The toxic chemicals… and corrosive qualities to those chemicals … It would not be a normal rehab… Multiple floor buildings… the first floor would have to be completely stripped of everything … down to frame only… to make sure chemical contamination and /or mold would not harm the inhabitants. But that could be done… If the frame was Not damaged… and at a very high cost.
The Historical buildings … with out question should .. if possible .. be restored.
But the normal everyday row houses and just standard living quarters… it is easier to remove, clear.. and make new. And Safer for all.
The possibility of Any of the Chemicals becoming breathable… as they dry and attach to normal dust partials… or Toxic Mold growing is just Not worth the Risk ..
***Edited By: IVYdragonn on 9/9/2005 9:39:53 AM*** Reason: add
By Jia-Rui Chong and Hector Becerra Times Staff Writers Thu Sep 8, 7:55 AM ET
U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones remembers attending an emergency training session in August 2001 with the Federal Emergency Management Agency that discussed the three most likely catastrophes to strike the United States.
First on the list was a terrorist attack in New York. Second was a super-strength hurricane hitting New Orleans. Third was a major earthquake on the San Andreas fault.
Now that the first two have come to pass, she and other earthquake experts are using the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as an opportunity to reassess how California would handle a major temblor........
I just found this article and couldn't help but notice the order in which the catastrophes are listed. Geez maybe "they" are jinxing us.
***Edited By: thlynda on 9/8/2005 9:00:19 PM*** Reason: misspell
Human beings have done it to ourselves. The ozone is turning to crap. We stole land, forced people away as well as to come here. Overpopulation world wide. We have made it so animals are endangered or even extinct. (then we have the nerve to complain about "wild animals" near "our" homes) Look what we do to one another....... We are not responsible enough to have control. It is just a countdown until the time for being judged and we see how insignificant we really were. Smoke em' if ya got em' people, since the beginning of this thing I have said "this is the beginning of the end...."
***Edited By: Pope1982 on 9/9/2005 2:00:13 AM*** Reason: ...
I heard on the news that 95 countries have donated 1 billion $ total to help. I dont mean to sound ungrateful but 95 countries and only 1 billion dollars. I guess they never heard of giving till it hurts or reaching deep in your pockets. Thats like having a celebrity type wedding and all 95 guest pitched in and got you a box of silverware from Target.
I hadn't heard that. Some of the homes are really amazing. I was in one that certainly wasn't one of the biggest or grandest, and I counted seven marble fireplaces. I only about half of the house.
Most of the population lived in shotgun 1/2 doubles made of wood (sort of like a duplex in which rooms flow one into another without any sort of hall, just open doorways and no privacy).
That total doesn't count the manpower or supplies, does it? The Bush Administration refused for days to accept international help, even though it received numerous offers. However, it is now accepting help. For instance, Belgium sent some troops to help out on the MS gulf coast.
Here's a contribution I think everyone will appreciate: Sri Lanka donated $25,000 to the disaster relief effort. $25,000 may not seem like much at first glance, but given that Sri Lanka is a third world country that was slammed by the tsumami last year, the contribution is pretty impressive.
I think three things 1) Flotation devices installed on short squatty buildings, that can be inflated as needed. 2) Build it more like Venice, where there is a canal system and build on the land removed to dig the canals. 3) Involves a lot of fill dirt and a very large hole somewhere else.
i found out something today i never knew........the head honcho of the american red cross pulls in a yearly salary of $400,000.00. kinda makes a few people wonder where the majority of the monetary donations to the red cross go.