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November 01, 2012


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My wife doesn't frequent this blog. If she did, she would point out that IN GERMANY, BURIED POWER LINES ARE THE DEFAULT. That's because IN GERMANY, THEY PLAN AHEAD.

Doug M.

The problem with the storm gates is that the sea keeps rising, the land keeps subsiding, and that planning for the system's replacement must take place at the same time as the system is being installed. Remember that New Orleans had a levee system before Katrina hit, it just turned out to be inadequate.

See http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-to-survive-the-next-big-storm for more.

Sea is rising, but at a predictable rate. Why not just build a system for a 50-year time horizon?

After all, the author at the link doesn't recommend against physical barriers; he just says that you should have a plan to update them in the future.

What am I missing?

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