In July 2006, ten months after Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed the city, Nicholas J. Meis arrived in New Orleans. On assignment with the Army Corps of Engineers, pulled from an Atlanta engineering firm, he became enamored with the city’s spirit, fighting against nature’s fury and the general disdain from the rest of the country, which complained about taxpayer money being used to repair the damage. Having spent nearly thirty years working for engineering firms in Denver and several cities on the East Coast, he found a place he could finally call home. He worked as a civilian contractor for the Corps between 2006 and 2008 and met David Bastian during that time. They expressed a mutual interest in the region’s history and combined that with their expertise on the effects of hurricanes on the city and the surrounding area.
Meis has traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East and enjoys riding his motorcycle whenever time allows. He has experienced a myriad of work environments, from Colorado mines to retail stores. His most enjoyable moments are spent in the restaurants and jazz clubs of New Orleans.
A technical writer, Meis works as a periodic inspection coordinator for the Army Corps of Engineers in the New Orleans district. He has been writing professionally for fifteen years, and this is his first published work. He also dabbles in fiction and hopes to complete his first novel in the near future. Meis resides in New Orleans.
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