It seems that no one knows about the flood mitigation plan going on around the New Orleans area. It's a plan by FEMA that allows rebuiding of a home
but the home is raised/elevated above a certain flood elevation, usually 12 feet or higher, so that the main levels of a home are safe from repeated
Instead of relocating residents (believe me, that has been discussed intently by local and federal officials because of the repeated flooding), the
cheaper alternative is to elevate the structures so that they won't suffer catastrophic loss once again. Briefly, a flooded home is gutted, and then
the ground level floor becomes an empty shell and can be used as a garage or storage. A second level is added to the home by removing the roof and
adding walls and a roof to the existing first level frame, forming a second floor, the livable level.
The costs involved are mostly payed by FEMA if the home has been covered by flood insurance, I believe FEMA covers about 75% of the cost and the
homeowner pays the additional 25%. In return, the homeowner can not make another flood claim ever again. This program is only good for homes that have
flooded twice or more (I think), and the home must be in a flood zone, which usually means they are prone to flooding under the right conditions. So
much of southern Louisiana is surrounded by water, lakes, bayous, rivers, etc. that many homes are in flood zones.
The cost is cheaper than completely gutting an entire city and moving the residents to another location.But,there is more at stake than logic. The
residents that live here have been here for generations, the culture and traditions are unique, and it's still a fundemental right in this country to
choose to live where you want to. This may not be the perfect solution to the problems of living in New Orleans, but, it's a viable solution and one
that is working.
Part of a FEMA statement about this program:
Mitigation's Value to Society
Mitigation is valuable to society in these ways:
It creates safer communities by reducing loss of life and property damage. For example, the rigorous building standards adopted by 20,000 communities
across the country are saving the nation more than $1.1 billion a year in prevented flood damages.
It allows individuals to minimize post-flood disaster disruptions and recover more rapidly. For example, homes built to NFIP standards incur less
damage from floods. And when floods do cause damages, flood insurance protects the homeowner’s investment, as it did for the more than 200,000 Gulf
Coast residents who received more than $23 billion in payments following the 2005 hurricanes.
It lessens the financial impact on individuals, communities, and society as a whole. For example, a recent study by the Multi-hazard Mitigation
Council shows that each dollar spent on mitigation saves society an average of four dollars.
Any yes, I am a former resident, I left after Katrina because I was tired of going through the flooding problems. Guess what, I am dealing with them
here in Memphis, not to mention now I have to deal with tornados and earthquakes. I was better off in New Orleans. There is no where in this country
to live without experiencing some type of weather related destruction.
edit on 13-5-2011 by justsaying because: added additional information