When you are caught in a strong undertow, you don’t fight it. You don’t go against the current. You go with it. You move parallel to the coast until you are out of the undertow, and you can get back to dry land without a struggle.
Well, when it comes to how
We need to go with the flow, or rather, the surge.
Can we even build a levee or barrier that can stop the storm surge of a category 5 hurricane making landfall slightly west of the city? We certainly can’t protect the lower parishes like St. Bernard and Plaquemines. Katrina’s storm surge was catastrophic in those areas.
The storm surge of a big hurricane will come in. We need to tell it where to go. Instead of fighting it, we need to direct it.
Or, we could just rebuild the city every fifty years. Either way.