Staying Ahead of Sandy

I hope that you and your families are well and safe after Sandy’s visit to the Northeast.

The National Archives buildings were largely spared, thanks to extensive preparation based on “lessons learned” from similar weather events.  I am grateful to all of our staff and especially to our facilities and emergency staff for their ongoing work in keeping personnel and records safe. None of our records were damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy, thanks to our staffs’ careful preparation.

While the National Archives buildings overall fared well, we know that other archival facilities did not.  Our staff are reaching out to state archivists whose states have been affected by the hurricane.  Our staff  are poised to advise and coordinate with Federal agencies on any needed records recovery operations. 

Thanks again to the National Archives’ staff for their hard work, and my hope for a speedy return to normal for all affected by the storm.  

These photos are from the Archives I facility in Washington, DC. Due to the low-lying topography of the site, the National Archives Building has implemented several flood control/countermeasures including Self-Closing flood walls at the moat entrances, cofferdams around louver openings serving the electrical vaults and watertight personnel doors leading to the electrical vaults. (Photo credit: Timothy Edwards, National Archives Facility Manager)

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The Schism is the thing that made the United States ununited and apparently other large countries and it wasn’t a war!?!!!!

It was apparently some sort of natural disater/sea levels rising/something with floodwalls and water and the governments knowing that if they had less people to take care of, they would succeed in taking care of more people so they just…broke apart and made more countries with smaller governments!??


Veolia in talks to install New Orleans flood prevention system

PARIS, Feb 9 (Reuters) - French water and waste group Veolia said on Tuesday it is talks to install a flood prevention system in the city of New Orleans that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Veolia innovation director Laurent Auguste said a study will be carried out jointly with Swiss insurer Swiss Re and that Veolia - which operates the main New Orleans waste water plant -

plans to increase its flood protection services globally.

Katrina inundated 80 percent of New Orleans and killed 1,572 people as water forced by the storm into inland canals overwhelmed levees and broke through floodwalls.

“With Swiss Re, we are in talks to start the first joint study to help the city of New Orleans boost its resilience against flooding,” Auguste told Reuters.

Auguste said Veolia is in talks with several cities but that New Orleans could be the first where it will put this new type of service in place.

He said that Veolia - which supplies drinking water to nearly 100 million people worldwide and connects about 60 million to wastewater systems - already offers flood protection systems in the cities where it operates but will boost this service in response to increased flooding risk worldwide.

In Copenhagen, Veolia has installed an electronic system to make better use of existing canals and infrastructure to reduce flooding in case of heavy rain, which he said has reduced the amount of flooding by 80 percent.

Auguste said making better use of existing infrastructure is much cheaper than building new canals or water retention basins.

“We study the best combination of intelligent monitoring system and new infrastructure,” he said.

August said that Paris - where Veolia has lost its water management contract - should also look at boosting its defences as a major flood like the one Paris had more than a century ago would lead to some 30 billion euros in damages today.

“There will be another major flood in Paris again one day, it not a matter of whether but when. We need to act today to minimise the risk and improve security” he said.

(Reporting by Geert De Clercq, editing by David Evans)