Friday, September 02, 2005

Schadenfreude or a few lessons elsewhere.. 

Watching the events in the Lower Mississippi Floodplain is extrordinarily painful. I remember New Orleans and the excellence of Mint Juleps as a means of cooling on hot afternoons from just one visit (in 1972), but thats enough to imprint an unique place.

I worked on the fringes of the UK water industry for years. More on the hydraulics on another occasion.

For now horrors and empathy and hopes for help for survivors. And a start on some reflections on our own disaster preparations here in the UK. It will be as well to look at the mistakes being made across the pond and try to learn from them. We too have unjustified assumptions and hidden catastrophic vulnerabilities. No room to gloat.

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