New anti-flooding ideas urged
BATON ROUGE - It's not possible for every south Louisiana community to be surrounded by a levee, but one state group says there are options available to reduce the risk of flooding.
The Advocate reports a new subcommittee of the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has started its task of coordinating agencies and groups and educating communities about non-levee options.
The state master plan for coastal restoration and protection includes plans for more than $10 billion to be spent on "non-structural" options to reduce flood risks. Those voluntary options include: elevating homes and businesses, land use planning and assistance if a community wants to relocate.
One official welcomed the panel, saying there's not been enough focus on finding ways to reduce flooding risks outside of levee construction since 2005's Hurricane Katrina.