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Saving for a rainy day

"Saving for a rainy day" Continued...

Issue: "Bird flu," June 10, 2006

Beaumont, like hundreds of other Gulf Coast communities ravaged by last year's dual storms, remains festooned with what Mr. Goodson called "blue roofs" (roofs still made from blue tarp). And the trash piles? After trash crews worked for eight months hauling away tons of bulk trash on six- and seven-day shifts, Mr. Goodson says the city still has about 150,000 cubic yards of trash to pick up. In a normal year, the whole city creates just 210,000 cubic yards of trash.

Nearly nine months after Katrina, more than half of New Orleans still hasn't come home and perhaps never will. It's a sign that despite monumental efforts to pick up and repair, Gulf Coast residents ravaged by Katrina and Rita could soon face a two-front battle: finishing up the repairs while keeping an eye on the Gulf to see what's spinning toward them.

2006 forecast

Named storms: 13-16

Hurricanes: 8-10

Category 3+ hurricanes: 4-6

Atlantic names


Alberto
Beryl
Chris
Debby
Ernesto
Florence
Gordon
Helene
Isaac
Joyce
Kirk
Leslie
Michael
Nadine
Oscar
Patty
Rafael
Sandy
Tony
Valerie
William

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