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Keeping a water log


No doubt many lessons will be learned from the New Orleans floods.

With hindsight it seems surprising that the arrangement of levees with re-entrant canals was such that a few breaches could result in flooding of the whole of the main city.

Nobody would contemplate building a new ship without waterproof compartments to limit damage and I would hope that our American colleagues will be allowed to rebuild with some internal sub-dividing levees to prevent any future problems from having such a catastrophic effect.

Mike Baillie-Hamilton (M), mikebh@thegart. co. uk

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