It’s not yet known if New Orleans will be on the list of the biggest hits. On Sunday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards expressed optimism that the city would deal with a storm of CNN’s “shows.” The new storm system surrounding New Orleans, with 350 miles of embankments, flood walls, gates and pumps, “will withstand storm surges,” he said.
“Since Hurricane Katrina, we’ve made a lot of investment in this system, which will be the toughest test of this system,” he added.
There was hope that Ida might be calm. One weather forecaster suggested that the results could resemble a hurricane zeta. The hurricane zeta was swiftly and violently blown through by a storm in October, filling it with fallen tree branches and power lines, but most of the city remained. Intact.
However, many residents had a hard time trusting forecasts and experts. Even with this embankment, I wondered if the city’s historically problematic pump system could pump water out of the city before the floods struck.
“I have a really creepy feeling about this,” said Chris Dyer, a local school teacher who evacuated his home in the Arabian neighborhood. “I think the levees should be retained, but if they weren’t, we wouldn’t be surprised because we all thought they would be retained during Katrina.”
On the other hand, the large hotels around the French Quarter experienced the unusual thing of rooms and floors full of patrons with New Orleans accents.
Devin Saintville, 51, the chef of the French Quarter’s famous Creole restaurant, Antoine’s Restaurant, has moved with his family to a room at the AC Hotel on the 5th floor. He rode Katrina on the third floor of the St. Bernard Housing Project after escaping from his home filled with at least six feet of water.