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Resilient Jean Lafitte, Louisiana - A Flood Emergency Preparedness Plan

2016

The Town of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana sits at or below sea level on the Gulf of Mexico and is highly vulnerable to extreme flooding from storm events, while economically dependent on maritime industries. Their Flood Emergency Preparedness Plan (FEPP) presents flood risk reduction recommendations in response to the compounding impacts of hurricanes, storm surge, coastal erosion, subsidence, sea level rise, and climate change.  The FEPP's flood risk reduction initiatives were heavily informed by the 2013 Town Resiliency Plan “Jean Lafitte Tomorrow.

Related Organizations: Town of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana

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Resilient Jean Lafitte, Louisiana Flood Preparedness Toolkit

2016

The Jean Lafitte Flood Preparedness Toolkit developed by the Town of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana, provides information, guidelines and recommended regulations to reduce flood risk in the region. Jean Lafitte faces many climate related impacts including sea level rise, storm surge, hurricanes, with subsequent extreme flooding, erosion and permanent wetland loss - that in turn leads to more flooding. The toolkit provides best practices and guidelines to reduce flood risk on a Site and Building Scale as well as on Community Scale development.

Related Organizations: Town of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana

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Climate Change, Resilience and Fairness - How Nonstructural Adaptation Can Protect and Empower Socially Vulnerable Communities on the Gulf Coast

April 2016

Utilizing case studies from extreme flooding events, this paper synthesizes lessons learned, hazard mitigation strategies, and best practices in adaptation. The focus is on nonstructural adaptation strategies such as disaster planning and mitigation, and property buyouts. The best practices for implementing nonstructural adaptation strategies are also discussed with respect to impacts on, and solutions for, vulnerable communities.  The paper is grounded in three case studies of flooding events that each caused widespread damage, occurred across a range of demographic and socio-economic conditions, and involved both structural and nonstructural post-disaster adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: Center for Progressive Reform

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Multifamily Flood Insurance Affordability Study

April 2016

In order to help preserve the affordability and stability of New York City’s waterfront neighborhoods, this report seeks to develop meaningful policy recommendations for flood insurance for multifamily and mixed-used buildings. The authors note the importance of this analysis given recent reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and increasing flood risk due to extreme weather events and sea level rise. The study’s findings quantify the number of multifamily and mixed-use buildings in high-risk areas; determine the extent of flood insurance coverage; and seeks to understand potential rising costs and perceptions around future flood risk and attitudes toward investing in mitigation.

Related Organizations: Arup, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

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Avoiding and Minimizing Risk of Flood Damage to State Assets: A Guide for Delaware State Agencies

March 2016

Prepared by Delaware’s Flood Avoidance Workgroup, this report outlines a set of principles and instructions for ensuring that existing and future flood risks are considered during site selection and project design, as required by Executive Order 41.  

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

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RainReady Midlothian Plan (Chicago suburb flood management plan)

January 2016

The Village of Midlothian - a suburb of Chicago, Illinois - has faced repetitive and severe flooding for decades. Residents are affected both by overbank flooding from nearby creeks and from overland flooding as a result of urban runoff from impervious surfaces. The Center for Neighborhood Technology worked with the Village of Midlothian, the community group Floodlothian Midlothian, and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to create the RainReady Midlothian Plan that was adopted in January 2016.

Related Organizations: Village of Midlothian, Chicago, Illinois, Floodlothian Midlothian, Center for Neighborhood Technology, RainReady

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Tidewater Rising Resiliency Design Challenge

January 2016

Wetlands Watch, Hampton University, and Old Dominion University collaborated to develop flooding resiliency designs for Chesterfield Heights, a neighborhood in Norfolk, VA. The Norfolk region has been named the 10th most at risk from sea level rise of the world’s port cities by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This design proposal emphasizes adaptation solutions that protect the region’s coastal ecosystems, as well as conducting flooding and sea level rise adaptation at the street and parcel level.

Related Organizations: Old Dominion University, Hampton University, Wetlands Watch

Authors or Affiliated Users: Skip Stiles, Mason Andrews, Mujde Erten-Unal

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Minot, North Dakota Floodplain Buyouts and Affordable, Resilient Housing “Buy-In” Program

January 2016

In January 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the City of Minot, North Dakota $74.3 million through its National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) to implement several projects to improve the city’s resilience to flooding from the Souris River. In June 2011, Minot experienced a catastrophic flood. The flood, in combination with a “boom-bust” oil economy and lack of affordable housing, motivated the city to envision a more resilient future for its residents, economy, and environment. Among its winning projects, the city will implement a voluntary buyout program for homes most vulnerable to flooding along the Souris River and make resilient, affordable housing investments in higher, upland “Resilient Neighborhoods” located outside of the city’s floodplain to relocate homeowners and renters. Minot’s unique “buyouts for buy-in” model will help to preserve the city’s tax base and community cohesion. The city will also undertake projects to restore the floodplain, preserve open space, create recreational greenways, and provide resilient city hubs that offer economic job development and other services. Local policymakers and planners can consider the Minot example to equitably relocate people and development out of vulnerable flood or coastal areas to safer, higher ground as a part of comprehensive managed retreat strategies. 

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Design Guidelines and Funding for Elevating Historic Homes in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region

This guidance document was prepared by the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to ensure that recipients of MDA financial assistance programs are able to rebuild structures damaged by Hurricane Katrina in compliance with historic preservation laws and safety considerations. In addition, the guidelines were developed in accordance with a Programmatic Agreement between MDA and the federal government in order to streamline project reviews under the National Historic Preservation Act and expedite federally-funded retrofits.

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Minnesota DOT Flood Mitigation Program

The state of Minnesota created a $50 million Minnesota Department of Transportation (“MnDOT”) Flood Mitigation Program (“Program”) to increase the resilience of transportation system after severe spring floods in 2010 caused over $64 million in damages in the state. The Flood Mitigation Program will fund repairs, elevations, and realignments to road and bridges, as well as improvements to drainage structures. Although the program documents do not explicitly cite to climate change, MnDOT lists the Flood Mitigation Program as an adaptation action that the agency is taking to prepare for climate change.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Department of Transportation

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