Community rebuilding and flood protection expo offered to public

Patricia Skinner  |  11/4/2008 8:19:23 PM

News Release Distributed 11/04/08

LAKEVIEW – Homeowners will learn how to secure their homes against floodwaters, as well as how to rebuild and restore their homes to be energy efficient and resist damage from storms, termites and moisture at the Community Rebuilding and Flood Protection Expo Nov. 16 in the New Orleans community of Lakeview.

The Sunday program will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public, free of charge.

“The rebuilding process is far from over,” said Pat Skinner, disaster recovery and mitigation specialist with the LSU AgCenter, a host of the expo. “Homeowners rebuilding after hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike need information about how to rebuild their homes to resist flooding for many years to come.”

The event will take advantage of expertise brought to town for the 4th National Floodproofing Conference and Exposition, opening that day in New Orleans.

“A multitude of sources will be together in one setting to answer questions homeowners have about rebuilding,” Skinner said.

The Community Rebuilding and Flood Protection Expo features demonstrations and seminars by university personnel and visiting experts, as well as elevation contractor displays, home tours and select exhibits from the National Floodproofing Conference.

Presentations and demonstrations, which will be offered at hourly intervals beginning at 1:15 p.m., include:

– Dry and Durable Walls: Professional Tips for Homeowners

– Choosing Wall and Attic Insulation

– Controlling Humidity and Related Problems in Air-Conditioned Homes

– Roofing to Resist High Winds and Water Damage

– Choosing Efficient and Comfortable Home Environment Systems

– To Tank or Not To Tank (discussion of water heaters)

– Practical and Attainable Green Enhancements

– Building With Recycled Materials

– Controlling Termites in Louisiana Homes

– Avoiding Problems With Lead

– Protecting Homes From Shallow Flooding

– Storm Surge Basics and Visualizing Risks

– Role of the Neighborhood Association in Recovery

– NFIP and Floodproofing Historic Structures

– LSU AgCenter rebuilding resources, the Contractor Registry and LaHouse

– Elevating Homes: Alternatives and Decisions

The expo takes place on and around Harrison Avenue – between West End and Argonne Boulevards and north of I-610 – with seminars being conducted at St. Paul’s Episcopal School, the Knights of Columbus Hall, as well as at homes and covered locations throughout the community.

A workshop will be held for engineers, architects and building officials on “Foundation Design and Construction for Coastal Areas.” The workshop requires advance registration, at www.LSUAgCenter.com/Rebuilding/Expo.

Corporate sponsors for the expo include Raised Floor Living, Innovative Emergency Management and Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure Inc.

In addition to the LSU AgCenter, co-hosts include Tulane City Center, UNO-CHART, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and Gulf Coast Bank and Trust.

For more information homeowners can visit, www.LSUAgCenter.com/Rebuilding/Expo or contact Denise Attaway at (225) 578-6087 or dattaway@agcenter.lsu.edu.

The LSU Ag Center, UNO-CHART and Tulane City Center rebuilding partnership assists homeowners in managing the rebuilding of their hurricane-damaged homes through education, information and outreach. The university partnership’s rebuilding Web site and programs are supported by funding from the Road Home program.

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Writer: Denise Attaway at (225) 578-6087 or dattaway@agcenter.lsu.edu

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