Well, the Army Corps of Engineers claims that they have nearly completed a 'bullet-proof' hurricane protection system for New Orleans - story on NPR today or yesterday - sounds quite impressive but who knows what the future may bring? But, New Orleans is an extremely important city on this continent and always a fun visit (been there at least a dozen times). The Mississippi River is such a natural force and its attempted control over the centuries has been a fantastic story, a gamble, and at times a colossal failure - as to the latter, talking about the 'Flood of 1927' (quote below from the start of a Wiki article) - for those interested, Rising Tide is an excellent read. Greenville, MS was a major disaster area from this flood - my son and I did a 'Mississippi Trip' when he was a teenager (our interest in the Blues) and was an experience visiting the river towns, including Greenville - the levee looked like a dam in the downtown area (reminded me of a trip to the Netherlands w/ the sea level above the adjacent fields) - some road signs below around the Greenville area. Dave .