"Ida Reveals Two Louisianas: One With Storm Walls, Another Without"

"A massive flood protection system built around New Orleans helped save it from flooding during Hurricane Ida. Surrounding communities, which weren’t so lucky, want their own system."

"LAROSE, La. — After Hurricane Katrina, an ambitious and expensive system of levees, walls, storm gates and pumps was installed around New Orleans to protect against the kind of flooding and horror that so deeply scarred the city, and the nation, in 2005. And when Hurricane Ida hit last week, exactly 16 years later, those hopes were largely fulfilled. The flooding was minimal.

But 60 miles away, in the small community of Larose, the situation was different. In William Lowe’s neighborhood, storm surge from Ida overtopped a modest levee maintained by the Lafourche Parish government near his elevated house, sending water from a nearby canal up over his floorboards. Days later, his neighborhood was still waterlogged, and he and his family were getting to and from the house by boat.

“You’ve got lives destroyed down here,” said Mr. Lowe, 49, choking back tears. “You go to the Dollar General, you’ve got people standing outside bawling, because they’ve got nothing.”

In the working-class bayou country south and west of New Orleans, local government officials have been trying for decades to secure federal funding for a system similar to the one in New Orleans, to little avail."

Richard Fausset, Sophie Kasakove, and Christopher Flavelle report for the New York Times September 4, 2021.


"The $119 Billion Sea Wall That Could Defend New York … or Not" (New York Times)

"Ida’s Deluge Renews Calls For Massive N.Y. Sea Walls" (E&E News)

"175-Mile Seawall, Sea Gates Proposed To Protect Boston Harbor Cities, Towns From Future Flooding" (WBZ/CBS News)

"A 20-Foot Sea Wall? Miami Faces the Hard Choices of Climate Change." (New York Times)

"United We Plan, Divided We Flood" (San Francisco Baykeeper)

"Walling Off One Coastal Area Can Flood Another" (Scientific American)

"New York Embarks on a Massive Climate Resiliency Project to Protect Manhattan’s Lower East Side From Sea Level Rise" (Inside Climate News)

Source: NYTimes, 09/07/2021