Monday, October 16, 2006

Does This Track Look Familiar?

I'm doing a little writing project for my job, and in the course of it I stumbled into info about the Hurricane of 1901 that hit New Orleans and southeast Louisiana. It breached levees in the city and inundated St. Bernard and Plaquemines.

Here's a map of the track, which looks awfully familiar.

Those people, our ancestors, fought their way through that one. They didn't have bulldozers, air conditioning, Microsoft Excel. We can do this.


jeffrey said...

They did, however, have a great deal more land between them and the Gulf at the time.

Tim said...

The National Weather Service web page notes of the August 14th, 1901 hurricane that came ashore at Grand Isle: "The 5-min average winds reached 56 m.p.h. at Port Eads before the anemometer blew away. River stages at New Orleans rose to a level of 7 feet during the storm, producing much flooding... Ten lives were lost."

This appears to have been a minor hurricane. The major damage came from the rise of water up the river. Note that New Orleans has not flooded from the river since the late 1920s. Katrina pushed the river stage at New Orleans up 15 feet and the levees held.