The New Orleans story

Two months before Hurricane Katrina, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) gave a chilling preview of its rampage. “This isn’t a simulation of World War III, or ‘The Day After Tomorrow,’ or Atlantis — but one day, it may be Atlantis,” Vitter warned at a hearing. Then he displayed a computer model of a Category 4 hurricane smashing New Orleans and flooding the city under 18 feet of water.

“It’s not a question of if,” Vitter said. “It’s a question of when.”

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