Marquette Warrior: More Evidence of Bad Reporting from New Orleans

Friday, October 14, 2005

More Evidence of Bad Reporting from New Orleans

Here is yet another thing the media hyped during the vastly overwrought coverage of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

The media were claiming that the flood waters in the streets of the city were a lethal toxic stew. The scientific reality is now clear.
The floodwaters that inundated New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina were similar in content to the city’s normal storm water and were not as toxic as previously thought, according to a study by researchers at Louisiana State University. Their study, the first peer-reviewed scientific assessment of the water quality of the Katrina floodwaters, is good news for those who’ve been exposed directly to the floodwaters, the scientists say.


“What we had in New Orleans was basically a year’s worth of storm water flowing through the city in only a few days,” says study leader John Pardue, Ph.D., an environmental engineer and director of the Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute at LSU in Baton Rouge. “We still don’t think the floodwaters were safe, but it could have been a lot worse. It was not the chemical catastrophe some had expected.”


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