A documentary on the now closed Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) and the role it played in the catastrophic flooding following Hurricane Katrina will premiere on New Orleans public television station WYES on October 20.
But you can see the film tonight at Loyola. The university is hosting a free, public prescreening of "Mister Going, Going, Gone" at 6:30pm in Bobet Hall, Room 332, on the university's main campus.
The executive producer of the documentary, Loyola Professor Bob Thomas, says they set out 10 years ago to make a documentary to warn people of the danger posed by the 76-mile shipping channel, should a hurricane come from that direction.
Thomas says the MRGO had allowed so much saltwater back in the area that it destroyed the buffers of vegetated marshland that for years had protected us from storms.
"We need as a society and as a community and as a region to learn how to think using critical thinking skills and project into the future when we do major projects," Thomas said.
"What we're trying to do is to get people who watch it to start thinking a little bit more deeply about public works and about expectations of their government," Thomas said.