Information on rebuilding or restoring their homes following a hurricane and/or flood.
This site was created for people who are rebuilding or restoring their homes following a hurricane. Though designed as a tool for participants in the Road Home program, it can be a valuable resource for anyone planning a building, restoration, renovation or remodeling project in Louisiana. The information was developed jointly by the LSU AgCenter, Tulane City Center and UNO-CHART.
Registry Off Line: The original Rebuilding and Restoration site included a registry of building industry professionals, to help homeowners who are rebuilding or remodeling find qualified, licensed building contractors who work in their area. Homeowners could send information about their rebuilding and restoration projects to contractors who did the kind of work needed. Countractors could respond by sending their direct contact information to the homeowner. The Registry has been suspended while we evaluate its performance and the need for it. Inquiries may be sent to email@example.com.
Learn more about The Road Home Homeowner Program.
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Learn more about Additional funds for elevation from the state's HMGP program.
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A directory of flood and wind resistance information and activities for kids. Includes links to 4-H mitigation programs conducted by the State 4-H A-TEAM (Adaptation Team).
If you have a problem with rising water, there are six approaches you can take to preventing damage in future floods: elevate the building, block the water in the yard, seal the building, use materials that water won't hurt, and elevate appliances and systems.
Wind Hazard Zones for Louisiana.
A back-flow valve in the common sewer line should allow sewer water to flow from the house to the sewer system, but prevent flow toward the house. To provide best protection from a flooded sewer system, the valve should provide a good seal and operate automatically.
You can keep shallow flood water out of a slab-on-grade home using plastic sheeting supported by the wall of the building or on special stands away from the wall. This is an emergency protection measure that is more effective than using sandbags, but does require advance preparation.
If you protect a building with a floodwall, sealant, plastic wrap or any other barrier, you will need to pump water during floods.
Louisiana faces serious flood threats during tropical storms and hurricanes from a combination of surge and inland rain. This site directs you to information you can use to understand how predicted flood levels may impact you, how you can reduce flood damage and how you can recover and rebuild once the floodwaters recede.
Elevation provides the best protection for flood damage, short of relocating the house to an area that is less prone to flooding. Raising a structure does not remove it from the special flood hazard area (SFHA); therefore, it does not exempt the owner or the mortgage company from flood insurance mandates.
Provides links to one-page documents with instructions of examples of using the new FloodMaps portal.
Whether you are just replacing a few shingles or have damage that requires you to strip your roof down to the rafters, you can take steps at every stage of work to minimize future storm damage. In addition, for new construction and substantial remodeling or repair, you’ll have to meet residential building codes designed to reduce potential roof damage from storms.
A lawn that’s properly cared for and healthy will resist weeds and other pest problems. Following the best management practices (BMPs) in this publication should help keep your lawn in good condition.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of consumers complain to their state attorneys general about home repair ripoffs. The National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, in fact, says home repairs are second only to car repairs on the nation’s complaint list. (PDF format only)
A properly designed and operated irrigation system will ensure that the critical factor of soil moisture will be there to sustain healthy plant growth.
Those who survive hurricanes and other natural disasters are at risk for behavioral and emotional readjustment problems. Most child and adult survivors experience one or more normal stress reactions for several days after a disaster or major trauma.
What to do to prevent problems with mildew and decay after storm waters receed..
Outside contractors and companies will enter the area to offer their services. Some are honest and will do an adequate job, but be careful in working with outside contractors.
Cleaning carpets and floors that have been damaged by floodwaters can be time-consuming, but care must be taken to facilitate repairs.
After a flood, you’ll be anxious to use your normal water supply – your private well. But, when floodwater covers your well, or neighboring wells, there’s a possibility the water in your well will become contaminated.
If you live in Louisiana, your primary objective in raising a home is likely to be flood avoidance, even if you’re not in an identified flood hazard area. Elevation is the most effective on-site method of reducing future flood damage.
Any home repair or remodeling work you do presents an opportunity to help your home fare better in the next storm. Whether you are just replacing siding or you have damage that's requiring you to completely remove all the wall coverings – inside or outside – you can work to minimize future storm damage at every stage of the project.
Use this score sheet to rate the efficiency of your kitchen – as it is now and with any planned modifications. It will help you design a more convenient and functional kitchen. Compare your “before” and “after” scores with the rating at the end of this fact sheet. (PDF Format Only)
Following a Presidential Declaration, disaster assistance is made available to help residents and local governments in the declared parishes recover from the effects of the disaster.
A summary of Landscape Topics Relating toHurricane Damage and Recovery, including: Wind Damage to Trees, Determining if Large Wind Damaged Trees Can be Salvaged, Wind Damage to Shrubs, Wind Damage to Herbaceous Plants, Flood Damage to Landscape Plantings, Food Crops, Flood Damage to Lawns, Loss of Shade Trees, LA One Call, and Soil Testing.
Design & Construction site map
A checklist of recommendations from the Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors to use when hiring a contractor.
Knowing what to ask before construction and/or renovations begin on your home could save you a lot of money.
Debris can be hazardous. It often has sharp or rough edges. It may cause falls. Some debris may contain hazardous material such as asbestos, lead or fiberglass, or it may have been contaminated with chemicals or germs by the flood or storm.
The wind hazard zones for Louisiana are shown in the Wind Speed Map. Minimum design standards for wind loading have been developed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and are referenced in the International Building Code and International Residential Code at the International Code Council (ICC) website http://www.iccsafe.org.
Most floodproofing systems have openings that need to be closed and watertight during a flood.
Floodwalls and levees are self-supporting barriers to floodwater. They keep the building dry and protect it from, unequal water pressure on building walls, erosion at the foundation and damage by floating debris.
Sealing a building so water will not enter is called dry floodproofing. The interior spaces, equipment and contents of the building stay dry.
New homes in floodprone areas are protected from flood damage by building them so the living space is above expected flood levels. Learn more about elevated foundations and development regulations.
R-value is standardized measure of a material’s resistance to heat flow — the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating ability. However, the actual R-value of a wall or ceiling can be a lot less than the R-value of the insulation material in it, depending on the installation.
This section of the web is for information on completing the interior of the home, including carpentry and trim, interior finishes, heating and cooling systems, plumbing, electrical and handicap accessibility.
This section of the web includes information about providing proper foundations for the new home, creating the lowest floor - at grade or above grade, for flood protection, and making sure the foundation and structure are protected from subterrarean termites.
Portal Page for Getting Started. To help people organize their thoughts and affair and begin to approach their restoration or rebuilding project.
Portal Page for information that would be helpful to people getting started with a project to build a new home on the same site as their storm-damaged home.
Portal page for the section on Housing Industry Professionals, including Real Estate, Insurance, Code Enforcement, Banking, Surveying, Design Professionals and Contractors.
Wind affects different homes in different ways, depending on their design, location and neighboring structures.
Floodwater may be contaminated. Includes information on health and safety concerns, using caution with floodwater and other safety tips.
After a major storm or flood, you must assume that all water sources are contaminated until proved safe. Food that has been contaminated by floodwaters should also be handled carefully.
When calm returns after the storm, it’s time to assess the damage and begin repairs. A number of factors should be considered, and the following information may be helpful.
Precautions to take to avoid dehydration while cleaning up after a disaster.
Preliminary repairs are meant to keep damage from getting worse. Any temporary structural repairs that can be made will require some creativity since there’s likely to be a shortage of materials.
Proper cleanup and disposal will prevent future health and injury risks and may save time and money. Debris removal will reduce the potential for nesting by rodents, snakes and insects, or at least keep those infestations in a concentrated area away from the home.
This is a guide for flood and hurricane recovery information, including financial assistance.
Even when the disaster has passed, major health and safety hazards remain. Serious injury can result for anyone dealing with the aftermath of a major storm, so it's wise to be overly cautious.
Appliances made wet by floodwaters or by rainwater after roofs were damaged will need extreme care before reuse. This care will be important to protecting the life of the appliance and your safety.
If your home was flooded, it must be disinfected and dried thoroughly to prevent mildew and future damage by wood rot.
Steps to rid your refrigerator and freezer of noxious odors after a power outage.
Many snakes, like other residents in the path of a major storm, have been displaced and left homeless. As a result, it is commonplace to find these animals seeking shelter and food in areas close to people.
Provides information and tips for using a generator for emergency power.
Structures damaged by the storm are particularly attractive and provide easy access for rodents. The unwelcome pests can damage property and, in extreme cases, pose a potential health problem.
A description of the procedures for disinfecting a water well after a flood.