Functional Flood Fashion

The New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, to bolster slagging sales after Katrina and the evacuation during Hurricane Gustav, has invited Oprah and the Paris haute couture to assist in a new promotion.

“Oprah’s Favorite Shoes of the Hurricane Season is our latest effort to show the good citizens of New Orleans that they are supported by business as well as government,” a Chamber spokesman announced.

The Army Corps of Engineers could not be reached for comment but a Washington representative of FEMA said off-record that the Bush Administration is pleased the free market is working, noting, “At least for the next breach of the levees, more folks in New Orleans can save themselves.”

Many thanks to Dave Barry for pointing out these new advances in public safety.