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Copyright Tulane University 1985.

Tulane Law Review

ARTICLE: RISING WATER: THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM AND LOUISIANA.

October, 1985

Tulane Law Review

60 Tul. L. Rev. 61

Author

OLIVER A. HOUCK *

Excerpt

I. INTRODUCTION

Across the Mississippi River from the City of New Orleans State Route 45 runs from the west bank about a dozen miles to the edge of Lake Salvador, where it ends. Below the lake are marshes leading to Barataria Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Property along Route 45 rests only inches above water level, on natural levees and recent fill which slope quickly into bogs, ditches, and wet palmetto sloughs. The earth sinks of its own weight. Two miles before Route 45 reaches Bayou Lafitte, a cluster of live oak trees stands on tangled root systems several feet above the ground, living testimony to where the land surface was once, and is now. On this doubtful terrain -- wetland, sinking, and wide open to the Gulf of Mexico -- are new subdivisions with such visionary names as "Oak Ridge," "Highland Street," and "Mount Rushmore Drive." These same names in the California Desert would indicate the prevailing sense of humor. In South Louisiana they indicate an attitude about flood control that has had more sobar consequences.

Flooding is the most frequent and the most costly natural catastrophe in the United States, if not the world. Nine of every ten natural disasters in this country are flood-related. 1 Some seven percent of the nation's lands lies within floodplains, 2 yet a disproportionately large amount of our population and development has located there. 3 As the investment has increased, so have the losses from rising waters. 4

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