Performance Evaluation of the New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Protection System: Draft Final Report of the Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force (Volume VII - The Consequences) [open pdf - 3MB]
"Metropolitan New Orleans, including the Louisiana Parishes of Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, and St. Charles, lies primarily below sea level and is highly susceptible to flooding. Hurricane protection and flood control structures, collectively referred to here as 'the system', are in place to protect the population, property, communities, markets, institutions, and natural resources within its interior. In Volume VII the consequences of system performance during hurricane Katrina are examined. Where possible, consequences are tied to interior peak water surface elevation (WSE) measures in each of 27 sub-basins (Figure 1) during and after Katrina by quantitative or qualitative measures of diminished health, property, economic opportunity, and ecosystem quality, in loss of life, and in impacts to community infrastructure (social, cultural, and historical)."
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