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*nola.com:  Four Local Bridges Score Lower than Minnesota Bridge

Four of the New Orleans area's 11 major bridges have structural condition ratings lower than the Minnesota bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River last week, according to a review of the most recent Louisiana inspection reports.

The U.S. 11 bridge over Lake Pontchartrain, the Interstate 310 Mississippi River bridge at Luling and both of the Interstate 10 twin spans over Lake Pontchartrain were rated either "serious" or "critical," although the twin spans appear to be a special case, having been reconstructed since crumbling in Hurricane Katrina and inspected on a daily basis.

*WaPo:  In New Orleans, Water System at Risk

The city Sewerage & Water Board says at least 50 million gallons of water a day are now being lost to leaks, or 2 1/2 times pre-Katrina levels. S&WB officials also believe raw sewage is leaking out in places, though the extent of the problem is unclear.
S&WB estimates that rebuilding and improving the water, sewer and drainage systems will cost $5.7 billion over 25 years _ money the agency doesn't have.

I am seeing, beyond political divisions, a country so demoralized and deeply depressed, it cannot get up to save itself:

*The survivors, (not just nola) so hopeless that they cannot fight back, but try to make it through the day.

*The ostriches, in the sand of consumerism to avoid facing reality.

*The aware minority, overwhelmed by the constant barrage from the 43rd regime and blinded by the shock of the new reality.

*The elites, system-empowered sociopaths, who see nothing, feel nothing.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Thu Aug 9th, 2007 at 09:02:31 AM EST

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