If You Tell a Lie Big Enough and Keep Repeating It, People Will Eventually Come to Believe It PART 2: Utah Senator Bob Bennett
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."
Three weeks ago Utah Senator Bob Bennett, who has yet to visit New Orleans or the any of the Gulf Coast post-KTMB, made the following public statement concerning the rebuilding of the city:
"Building a city ten feet below sea level does not strike me as inherently, basically a good idea ... "
THE LIE: New Orleans is a city situated ten feet below sea level.
THE TRUTH: The City of New Orleans is not "built" ten feet below sea level.
The majority of the City of New Orleans and its immediate Southshore suburbs are built within a few feet above sea level, at sea level, or below sea level. However, the only areas ten feet below sea level in the New Orleans area--despite what Senator Bennett blindly assumes--are limited to drainage canal embankments, roadway underpasses of bulwarked railroad corridors (I-10, Canal Boulevard, Orleans Avenue, etc.), and retention lakes and ponds (primarily in New Orleans East). The orange portions on the above map (and the I-10/RR thumbnail to the left) represent these -10 foot elevation (or lower) locations.
Below are the scientifically-derived elevation statistics of "core" New Orleans utilizing state-produced datasets and processed and analyzed with specialized software by myself.
"Core" City of New Orleans Elevation Characteristics (Eastbank/17th Street Canal to the Industrial Canal):
Below Sea Level: 51.3% (13,674.94 acres/21.36 square miles)
Sea Level or Above: 48.7% (12,983.64 acres/20.29 square miles)
Flooded post-KTMB: 70.6% (18,817.31 acres/29.40 square miles)
-10 Elevation or Below: 0.1% (50.52 acres/0.79 square miles)
Elevation statistics for the other sections of the New Orleans area to come in a near-future post . . .