Katrina class action suit
I was watching the national news (I think it was NBC, and I think it was also last night) and they aired a story about how there is currently a class action lawsuit against the people that were in charge of the pumping stations in New Orleans during hurricane Katrina – citing that if these people had stayed and manned the stations, most, if not all of the disaster, could have been avoided. In other words, these few people should have stayed there, even if it meant they would die, just so property could be spared.
There was no mention (in the report) of the lives that were lost and could have been saved. It seemed like it was purely about property damage – “things” that can be replaced. Maybe not easily, but they can be replaced. Lives cannot. How selfish these people are to look around at what is left of their once flooded homes and declare that the men running the pumping stations should have given their lives so that they would have less of a mess to come home to. I have not seen the lawsuit but the report interpreted it to be blaming the hurricane itself. The damage was not caused by the hurricane – the damage (as we all know now) was caused by the breeches in the levee system, which allowed New Orleans to flood. Regardless of whether or not these people stayed, I doubt the whole area could have been saved by the existing pumping system.
Why must there be people to blame? Why did the group feel compelled to look for pockets of money to ease their pain? Has it not occured to them that other people there are in just as much pain, but dealing with the situation without running out to find someone to sue? Although Katrina is definitely a “natural disaster” I am not sure how to refer to the flooding – result of the “natural disaster?” Either way, these things are not called “natural disasters” for nothing. They are bad. If they were nice, they would be called something else. No need to get all litigious.