Dr. Ezra Boyd


FEMA Modifies Flood Hazard Determinations

This notice lists communities where the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations), as shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study…


Has Big Oil & Gas’ Undeclared Liabilities Undermined Confidence in the Industry? ~Dr. Ezra Boyd, DisasterMap.net

Recently, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, a small flood protection board for the New Orleans area filed a lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies that they allege caused damage to the region’s coastal wetlands and hence contributed significantly to the cost of managing flood risk for their jurisdiction.  The industry responded with their…


Reasons for Optimism for New Orleans’ Future ~Dr. Ezra Boyd, DisasterMap.net

Declarations of the death of an American city have given way to new reasons to be optimistic about New Orleans’ future.  Anyone who has visited the city recently will tell you that the metro area is well into a robust period of re-population and recovery. The numbers support this view. New Orleans itself has regained…