Aside from the various reports about how long it’s taken to get power and other services back up in N.O. and surrounding areas, post-Gustav, here are two radio pieces, one very short, one a little longer, of potential interest.
Chris Kromm of Facing South links to his appearance on Marketplace Thursday, talking about how the impact on low-income citizens. “They were already hanging by a thread. And they’ve been having to pay for hotel rooms. It just puts them deeper in debt or in a very precarious financial situation.”
And on Science Friday, Ivor van Heerden assesses “the levee reconstruction project, how cities along the coast weathered Hurricane Gustav, and whether New Orleans residents can rest any easier in the face of coming storms.” He’s got mixed things to say — my read is that Gustav was more another dodged bullet than proof that the system worked very well, but that he thinks it may somehow serve as a wakeup call to various government authorities.