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Project ID: 2002LA3B

Title: Response to Hurricane Induced Flooding in New Orleans

Project Type: Research

Focus Categories: Floods, Law, Institutions, and Policy, Management and Planning

Keywords: Floods, Law, Institutions & Policy, Management & Planning

Start Date: 03/01/2002

End Date: 02/28/2003

Federal Funds: $9,350

Non-Federal Matching Funds: $18,700

Congressional District: LA - 6th

Principal Investigator:
Craig Colten
Louisiana State University


Abstract: New Orleans is extremely susceptible to hurricane induced flooding and faces greater obstacles to recovery than most coastal cities due its low-lying position and the levee system that will impede rapid drainage of high water. New Orleans is also a city dependant on its landscape to generate economic revenue. The historic structures in the city constitute one of the densest stands of distinctive vernacular architecture in the country and this is one of the city's major tourist attractions. If severe flooding damages or destroys portions of this historically significant property, owners face several options: (1) restoration of the historical structures, (2) replacement with modern structures, and (3) abandonment/displacement of former land uses. If a significant number select options 2 or 3, the landscape appeal of New Orleans will be severely diminished. This project will examine historical records from a prior hurricane-induced flood to determine past tendencies in recovery efforts. Through an analysis of sources that document reconstruction efforts, this project will project the likelihood of restoration of historically significant urban landscapes. This knowledge can help guide flood-protection and recovery policy.

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