“(Reuters) – Hurricane Isaac dumped heavy rains on the U.S. Gulf Coast and caused widespread flooding on Wednesday, but elaborate defenses built to protect New Orleans after the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster withstood the onslaught, officials said.”
I’m not sure what word to use to describe a hurricane hitting New Orleans seven years to the day after Katrina. I don’t think it’s exactly spooky, or ironic — just weird, maybe.
I remember seeing the scenes of destruction on TV in 2005 and trying to fathom a city so wrecked that they were predicting five to seven years to rebuild. It seems so long ago now.
The book: This has all the meaty details I like in historical accounts. I am fascinated by the minutiae that come together to create disasters, where one small change in events could make a big difference. The gory details of death, destruction, and dead bodies is a not so great aspect of such stories. But the trivia of everyday life juxtaposed against great events makes for an engrossing read.