It remains to be seen whether New Orleans will be on the list of the most severely affected. On Sunday, Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards expressed confidence that CNN would handle the storm “in Union State.” He said the new storm system around New Orleans, with its 350 miles of currents, floodwaters, gates and pumps, would “withstand a storm surge”.
“There is a huge investment in this organization after Hurricane Katrina,” he said. “This will be the most severe test of that system.”
Ida was hoping to prove it lightly. One weather forecaster suggested the results would be similar to Hurricane Cheeta, which struck quickly and violently in October, with streets falling and tree branches and sloping power lines – but left most of the city intact.
But many residents found it difficult to rely on forecasts and experts. Although the reservoirs were held this time, they wondered if the city’s historically problematic pumping system could drain water from the city before it flooded.
Chris Dear, a local schoolteacher who vacated his house in an Arab neighborhood, said: “I’m so scared about this. Did not.
Meanwhile, the big hotels around the French Quarter enjoyed a rarity: rooms and floors filled with hosts with New Orleans accents.
Chef Devin Sanville, 51, went to a room with his family at the AC Hotel on the fifth floor of the famous Creole restaurant Antoine in the French Quarters. Katrina left the third floor of the St. Bernard housing project, after fleeing her home, which was flooded by at least six feet.
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