New Orleans residents learned some hard lessons about human nature, Mother Nature and politics as usual. But we promise: good news lies ahead

Houston, this time it’s you that’s got the problem. And after your kindness sheltering so many of us in the Astrodome after Hurricane Katrina, it hardly seems fair that now you’re the city going underwater.

Just how big your problem will get remains to be seen. The week’s rain totals – verging on 50in – could bring devastation that is “unprecedented … unknown and beyond anything experienced”, according to the National Weather Service. Here in New Orleans we’ve had some practice with that. So here are some tips on what may lie ahead.

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