Current and Future Flood Risk in Greater New Orleans

Published in: The New Orleans Index at Ten, Aug. 2015, p. 1-14

Posted on RAND.org on October 20, 2015

by David R. Johnson, Jordan R. Fischbach, Kenneth Kuhn

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Neither flooding nor flood control are new issues for New Orleans. This report presents estimates of flood risk in New Orleans and quantifies the accomplishments of the post-Katrina efforts to improve coastal defenses. The authors find that significant risk reduction has been achieved, but that risk may increase in the future unless levees are maintained or further upgraded. They highlight the importance of an ongoing commitment to flood risk reduction investment in coastal Louisiana.

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