August 29, 2012 |
As Hurricane Isaac battered New Orleans on Wednesday with heavy rain and storm surges, the city's levees and drainage pump system appeared to be performing as hoped. Isaac is a “nasty, determined storm,” but the $14.5-billion storm protection system of levees, floodgates and walls is holding up well so far and is “absolutely paying off,” Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu said on CNN. A New Orleans city spokesman at the emergency operations center expressed satisfaction with the system as well. “We are very confident in the hurricane risk-reduction system, the federal system that is protecting the city right now," he said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.
March 10, 2010 |
The hospital waiting room was packed with patients, but not with humans. These were endangered green sea turtles covered with golf-ball-sized growths. At least 40 scientists and veterinarians participated in delicate surgeries at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center on Tuesday to remove noncancerous tumors, called fibropapilloma. The tumors, some of them on the turtles' eyes, resembled moldy cauliflower. Once the tumors are removed, some turtles will have a chance to regain lost sight.
August 29, 2012 |
With Hurricane Isaac's arrival, New Orleans will get its first glimpse of the effectiveness of $14.5 billion in improved levees, pumps, flood walls and other protections built after Hurricane Katrina. Although the area will probably see heavy rain and flooding, experts say the improved hurricane protection - including what's billed as the largest drainage pump in the world, capable of emptying an Olympic-size pool in four seconds - will prevent the loss of life and widespread damage caused by the storm surge that followed Katrina in 2005.
September 24, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Isaac may have proved a successful test for the 840,000 people inside the New Orleans hurricane protection system - 133 miles of levees, floodgates and walls that surround the city and portions of four parishes like a fortress. But the storm highlighted the vulnerability of more than 200,000 people just beyond the system. As of last week, an estimated 13,000 homes were reported flooded in Louisiana, most just outside the $14.5-billion federal levee system rebuilt around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
February 16, 1986 |
Between now and early April more than 350,000 students are expected at the beaches of Fort Lauderdale. In five weeks the college students bring in more than $100 million of business. Fort Lauderdale wants that business but it also wants to minimize problems with a group that size. This year students will find that the rules are tightening but they'll also find that the community is making a new effort to provide fun and free beach entertainment in the form of Spring Break Games.
July 2, 1989 |
A groggy volunteer crew of five gathered early last New Year's Day and raced to where a 500-pound sea cow had been found with deep gashes from a boat propeller in its grayish-brown, leathery back. But the West Indian manatee wasn't injured in the congested Intracoastal Waterway, but rather in the Everglades. "It shows you they aren't safe anywhere," said Dr. Gregory Bossart, Miami Seaquarium veterinarian and pathologist.
May 24, 1987 |
The garbage bothered Lisa Tanner--chicken bones, dripping cans, grease-stained papers, the discarded dregs of everyday life sitting in lumps in those ugly plastic bags. "You know how you see those garbage bags down a street? It looked really tacky--the green bags, the white bags. Sort of plain, sort of dull." Tanner, a native of snooty Palm Beach, wanted to give trash some class. Her idea was certainly logical, perhaps decadent: Designer trash bags.
September 3, 1989 |
Two female brown pelicans snap their beaks, croak and flap their wings at two male interlopers swooping down to a bare mangrove branch. The sea birds are fighting for precious space on 3-acre Pelican Island, the nation's first wildlife refuge and the smallest parcel to receive the federal wilderness designation. "We see it as sort of the flagship of the refuge system due to its age," said Charles Lee, senior vice president of the Florida Audubon Society.
March 1, 1987 |
Ruth Baer is retiring from the glassed-in control tower at the large marina where, for 25 years, she has served as concierge to the rich and famous. Looking back over her quarter-century at Bahia Mar Resort & Yachting Center, Baer says she has seen more changes in the yachts berthed there than in the people who sail them. "The boats used to be long and skinny," she said. "Now, they are big and fat, with a broad beam. But yachtsmen haven't changed--they are still nice people."