I tried sending it via New Orleans' official site via their internal email system (so I'd email directly from the site, you know what I mean?), but a message said something like "Your message cannot be submitted at this time. Please try again later." so I copied & pasted it, and saved it in my email.
So where should I send the message to instead? How do I get them to read it fast enough and act on it? Here it is:
First, my condolences to the area. The City of New Orleans and the surrounding areas are in my prayers.
Second, when New Orleans gets cleaned up, with all the excess water pumped out, would you consider refitting and upgrading levees with steel and concrete, so not even 250 MPH hurricanes break it away?
Third, if the new levees are 50 feet high, that would work wonders. Money is no object at this point with federal aid pouring in and this would be bargain compared to otherwise losing very irreplacable lives. Even if business and homes have to be relocated to make room for a newer, stronger, and taller levee system, the inhabitants shouldn't mind because they'll still stay alive, and the government may help them with their relocations.
Fourth, do you think lowering the level of Lake Ponchartrain by diverting water north via pipelines, would help prepare New Orleans for future storms?
Fifth, I don't know how well you'd like this suggestion, but so you know, houses in Bangladesh are on stilts so they can avoid the frequent floodings there. This may sound grim, but Global Warming does not help but make hurricanes stronger, so stilted houses and two-story garages with ramped driveways would be a wise idea. This would also be expensive, but not as expensive as losing lives.
Thank you for reading and considering these future safety measures and I will pray for New Orleans and the area to recover and withstand future storms next time.
-(Shultz) (Manhattan, KS)