Unfinished flood control projects blamed for thousands of destroyed homes in Louisiana flood

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The projects began after a massive flood in 1983

August 30, 2016

Flooding in Baton Rouge, La., in August. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Creative Commons.

Unfinished flood control projects may have doomed up to one-quarter of the 60,000 homes destroyed in August in the flood that struck Louisiana’s Amite river basin. The projects were begun after a massive flood in 1983, but later abandoned.

To make matters worse, nothing was done to prevent new housing from being built in the path of the old flood, and the population of the area more than doubled between 1980 and 2015.

 

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