The devastation in New Orleans was poor preparation. A hurricane like Katrina hits about once every 40 years, so normally Nola is spared. The levee system could only take a cat. 3. and the entire city is below sea level. Katrina didn't even directly hit New Orleans. Guess what, the current levees are hardly up to pre-Katrina standards three years later. It'll eventually happen again because the local government in that city consists of a bunch of bumbling idiots who never get anything accomplished.
That being said, I wish that films like this would stop focusing SO MUCH on Katrina and New Orleans. Our wetlands were in danger long before Katrina. Any hurricane, Tropical Storm, Tropical depression, etc. impacts our coast. Katrina and Rita actually dumped 144 million tons of new sediment onto the wetlands.
On average, Louisiana loses about 25 square miles of wetlands per year. There are things being done, though. Because LA is so vulnerable to flooding and such, we've got all kinds of spillways and levee systems that serve to avoid damaging the wetlands in the event of a flood. After Christmas, we all put out our trees on the curb and they're picked up and lined along our coast as a barrier. Truth be told, it's really prolonging the inevitable. The sea level keeps rising and they'll have to do a little more to protect communities like St. Bernard Parish, Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish, and other low lying areas.
We have a 14 Billion dollar plan to protect our wetlands that's been proposed. From storms to nutria to pipelines and wells, our wetlands have been treated very poorly in the past. Finally, that's beginning to change.
-Karli, Baton Rouge