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Lew Fincher

I'm just curious to find out what will take place at this meeting that will be different from so many of the other meetings on this subject. Will it be more rehashing of the same discussions before, or will new data and information be submitted... and find a route to a conclusion / decision?

One note that is so important in pondering this subject is the decision makers seriously must understand the history of impacts from historical tropical cyclones... even well past the 1900 Storm. This area has been devastated by known tropical cyclones well before the NWS official history of hurricanes which at this point only starts in 1851. How much of this is understood by the decision makers? There are hurricane historians that can assist in their gaining of that history.

Steve Fouga

If the decision makers aren't using the history discussed below, the most sophisticated computer modeling techniques available, state-of-the-art civil engineering methods, a knowledge of the most up-to-date environmental restrictions, the best legal advice concerning the rights of property owners, and of the finest cost-estimating tools in existence, then they're not playing with a full deck.

George Croix

While all that thinking and planning about keeping storm surge out is going on, toss in a thought or two about how to get a 40" rain in a 24 hour period OUT if the area is closed up against incoming surge. Claudette in '79 could as easily live again as Ike could, and it's not impossible to get a combination of the two....

William Ferrary

Okay, big storm is onshore and surge is stopped; now, where does all that water go?

Steve Fouga

Back into the Gulf.

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