Being respectful of the human and material tragedies associated with major events such as Ida, I think there's huge value for practicing civil engineers – regardless of specialty - to take stock of what happened and ask questions including why did it happen and could it have been prevented. This includes site visits as safety and circumstances allow to get a full sense of the tragedy. In December 2005 I spent a day with a civil engineer friend of mine visiting the locations of major levee breaks associated with Hurricane Katrina. During our 'investigation' we drove and walked through entire neighborhoods that were abandoned or destroyed. While the experience certainly helped better understand what happened the bigger takeaway from the day was a tangible sense of the human and material consequences of when things go wrong and the importance of getting it right.