Louisiana officals ill-prepared to help those outside of levee system, Tulane study finds ~ Bob Marshall @BobMTheLensNola

Posted on October 6, 2014 By

Down here in hurricane land we’ve become the virtual proving grounds for the machinery and structure of flood prevention and risk reduction mitigation.  The federal levee failures after Katrina was merely the straw that broke the levee’s back. Living with water, rather than only against it, is by definition a perpetual and expensive operation.  Thus, alas, there will be those outside of protection systems. They must learn to adapt or drown. ~Bruce Biles

Tulane researchers recently sought the answer to a question the coastal-restoration community usually avoids: What happens to people and towns if state fails in its efforts to prevent the Gulf of Mexico from swallowing southeastern Louisiana?

Their findings were not encouraging:

  • Even if the 50-year, $50 billion master plan works as intended, a large number of residents will be forced out of their homes by rising waters due to rising sea levels and sinking land.
  • Neither the state nor federal governments have begun studying how to help relocate or resettle families and businesses that will likely be displace.
  • The track record for such resettlements and relocation programs is dismal, as is public acceptance of their goals.
  • The need to relocate will fall most heavily on those least able to handle the crisis — disadvantaged minority communities living in areas with high flood risk. ~Read more.

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