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NFIP Claims and Levees: What you need to know
Flood Insurance and Levees
FEMA released a Levees Brochure during the Spring 2011 Floods, explaining NFIP coverage behind levees, for protective measures and the waiting period. This page is copied directly from that brochure and includes a PDF of the original document as an attachment.
Recovery and Rebuilding Online Info
2015 Hurricanes
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.
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Using Flood Maps when Waters are Rising
The LSUAgCenter Flood Maps portal displays Flood Insurance Rate Maps, used for rating flood insurance and as a basis for regulating development in identified flood hazard areas. The portal can be useful in estimating your risk when flooding is anticipated. This page tells you how and explains what you can and cannot do with the information provided on the portal.
Windspeed Map Portal
Using interactive maps to find ground elevation
As the flood crest moves down the Mississippi, Red and Atchafalaya Rivers, and as hurricane rain and surge threatens Louisiana many people want to compare their ground elevation to a predicted flood crest at their property. This page gives detailed instructions for using the two LSU AgCenter interactive mapping systems to assess flood risk.
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Emergency Protection from Rising Water
Guide to information about emergency measures you can use to protect property from flooding (rising water). Includes links to Web pages, fact sheets (PDF files) and videos.
Rivers and the Weather - Conditions and Forecast
This page will connect you with hurricane, weather and stream data resources for Louisiana.
Play It Safe With Food After a Power Outage
Electrical power may be disrupted for hours, sometimes days. Among the first things affected by the loss of electricity is the food in refrigerators and freezers. There are certain precautions you should take before you begin using food from refrigerators and freezers that have been off for more than a few hours. In fact, there are some things you can do before the power goes out.
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Floodwalls
A floodwall is a self-supporting barrier to floodwater. It may look like a garden wall or privacy fence, but it has more internal reinforcing and a more substantial foundation. This heavier construction keeps the wall from tipping or sliding. The foundation also blocks seepage of water under the wall. This publication includes information on the cost, considerations and construction of floodwalls. (PDF format only)
Cleaning Carpets and Floors After a Storm or Flood
It's best to get professional cleaners to work on carpets and floors, but this may not be possible. In any case, begin cleanup as soon as possible.
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Post Hurricane Lawn Establishment
Some lawns were lost to the flood waters and some were only hurt in spots. Dead areas will have to be replanted, or a weed patch will result. Some forethought before planting may save time, effort and money.
Contracting for Pemanent Repairs
If it is necessary to complete the repairs, however, it is important to receive good quality work, or major deterioration may appear later. 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.
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Determining Seafood Safety in an Oil Spill
Ways to determine seafood safety after an oil spill: detecting taint, the sniff test, and the smell test.
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Avoiding Mold Hazards in Your Waterdamaged Home
A flood-damaged building requires special attention to avoid or correct a mold population explosion.
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Wooden Ladder Safety & Use
This article provides information about wooden ladder safety.
Experts Warn Against Spreading Termites After Storms
A scourge of New Orleans and South Louisiana could find its way to other parts of the state and country if people move wood that’s infested with Formosan subterranean termites.
Saffir-Simpson Scale
Hurricanes are divided into five categories to help recognize the threat they pose to structures and inhabitants of coastal and inland areas.
Rescue Your Lawnmower or Other Small Engine After the Flood
Many lawnmowers, string trimmers, leaf blowers, and other lawn and garden equipment with small engines were inundated during the flooding from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In many cases, that equipment can be salvaged.
Not A Good Time To Replant A Lawn, Regardless Of Hurricanes
Storms may damage turf directly by flooding or indirectly by wind debris. "In either case, this is not a good time to regrow grass," says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.
USDA-FSA Disaster Assistance Page
The link below takes you to the USDA-FSA Disaster Assistance Page which lists information and links to all current USDA disaster assistance programs.
For Professionals
LInks to floodplain and emergency professionals and their associations, and links to resources for those professionals.
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