Another take by e-mail:
I don’t buy that it will take months. Someone is going to find a way to get the water out, and quickly. These kind of dire predictions remind me of the predictions made by “experts” after the first Gulf War that it would take a decade to put out the well fires, a task that was measure in months instead of years. This would take even less time, if they opened the task to the free market. I can imagine if companies were paid by the cubic yard or water moved that New Orleans would be dry in a matter of weeks.