New Orleans Flood Base Elevation To Count on Levees Again

April 2006
ENR: Engineering News-Record;4/24/2006, Vol. 256 Issue 16, p14
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This article reports that on April 12, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) dropped a long-awaited shoe, declaring that base flood elevations in New Orleans, Louisiana will stay at levels established in 1984 and will not be raised because of Hurricane Katrina's floods, as residents feared. FEMA's decision also was accompanied by a White House commitment to seek $2.6 billion more from Congress for additional levee improvements. The decisions are already releasing a torrent of rebuilding that had stalled as owners waited for clues about likely federal flood insurance requirements. FEMA did call for adoption of local rules that new or rebuilt homes be raised 3 ft above grade to protect against minor flooding.


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