Ten years after, the city's strategies are a model for the rest of the country
By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | September 1, 2015
The images of residents gathered on rooftops to escape flood waters are indelible 10 years after Hurricane Katrina buffeted New Orleans. In the years since, the city has moved ahead with resilience strategies that may become a model for other communities. More than $14 billion went towards rebuilding the levees and other flood protections and the result has been called "best flood control system of any coastal community. Other resiliency efforts include raising individual houses out of the flood plain and educating the public about storm safety and response. For example, Terrebonne Parish won funding through Federal Emergency Management Agency grants and state programs to raise more than 1,000 homes.