The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Tuesday authorized two lawsuits to try to get the Army Corps of Engineers to pay for a $3 billion restoration program to repair damage caused by the Mississippi-River Gulf Outlet and to pay for operation and maintenance of hurricane levees along the Algiers Canal on the West Bank.
In September 1900, the growing island city of Galveston, Texas, was home to about 37,000 people. That was before the hurricane struck. What has come to be known as the 1900 Galveston Hurricane made landfall on Sept. 8 and tore through the city, leveling more than two-thirds of the buildings and killing at least 6,000 (and possibly as many as 12,000) people, making it the deadliest hurricane to strike in the United States.Despite its terrible costs, the Galveston hurricane has an important legacy. It led to newer and better methods of predicting hurricanes, and it also inspired the creation of new ways of protecting people from these deadly storms.Less than two years later, the first 17-foot sea walls were built around the island. Meanwhile, in what has been called"Galveston’s finest hour," the city was rebuilt. Sand dredged to the island, raising its elevation by several yards. It all worked: by the time another hurricane struck Galveston in 1915, the island was almost completely protected. These lifesaving adaptations would soon be put to use by other cities.
What we learned from the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history
The 1900 Galveston Hurricane killed more than 6,000 people. The tragedy may have occurred more than 100 years ago, but it still offers lessons for the future.
in a response to the often severe natural disasters in vietnam, local firm H&P architects have designed this flood resistant ‘blooming bamboo home’. each modular structure is 3.3m x 6.6m and is assembled by bolting, binding, hanging, placing the different elements. the building is strong enough to withstand a 1.5m high flood and currently, the architects are experimenting with the model to see if it can survive a 3m high flood. the interior of the building works as a multi functional space – house, educational, medical and community center are all possible options. the structure’s framework is made from small bamboo pieces, fiberboard and coconut leafs, which can be finished with cladding that suits its local climate and regional materials, offering an adaptable piece of vernacular architecture. the flexible building is able to be mass produced and can be constructed by its users in just 25 days, the design offers an affordable solution for housing. intended to be a warm shelter for people in the most severe conditions, it also engages local communities with their culture and vernacular architecture.
"flood resistant blooming bamboo home by H&P architects"
Just 48 hours after artificial "floating islands"were installed in Lake Pontchartrain to protect and nurture the Bucktown marsh, the innovative $50,000 project was declared a bust. “Within two days, some of the islands had broken apart,” said John Lopez, executive director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.
Now, however, the islands could find a new home. Officials say they could be the perfect fix to mitigate erosion at Marsh Island, a curve of land that sweeps through the southeastern corner of Lafreniere Park’s lagoon.
Built in 1975 to showcase and provide a freshwater marshland habitat in the park, the island has since eroded by about one third of its size, according to a 2012 study. The study suggested aggressively installing trees and shrubs and improving water circulation and aeration.
The floating islands are designed to do just that. “They’ll help with the erosion, help with the water quality, and provide additional habitat to the island,” Winter said.
An interesting policy dilemma may be shaping regarding peoples actions during #bushfires - with a divide between those that have insurance, the under insured and those with no insurance.
An “Insurance News” article cites post bush fire research by #CSIRO that “Fully insured residents were the…
Let me be blunt: there is no such thing as a “natural” disaster. Disasters are complex, multifaceted, frequent, and overwhelming. We have a hard time fully grasping the nuance and complexity of each disaster – particularly one that strikes halfway across the world – so we turn to calling it a “natural” event. The term natural disaster is, in essence, a heuristic that we fall back upon in order to interpret the event.
In their landmark work, At Risk: Natural Hazards, People’s Vulnerability, and Disasters, Wisner, Blaikie, Davis, and Cannon term the tendency to view disasters in this light as the “myth of naturalness.” As Comfort et al put it (PDF):
A disaster is widely perceived as an event that is beyond human control; the capricious hand of fate moves against unsuspecting communities creating massive destruction and prompting victims to call for divine support as well as earthly assistance.
Good read of the day. Skip to the first four paragraphs though.
The Bonnet Carré Spillway is a flood control operation in the Lower Mississippi Valley. Located in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana - about 12 miles (19 km) west of New Orleans - it allows floodwaters from the Mississippi River to flow into Lake Pontchartrain and thence into the Gulf of Mexico. The construction of the spillway was completed in 1931.
The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded $44.8 million contract to build a floodwall atop the Mississippi River levee in Plaquemines Parish, from English Turn Bend to Belle Chasse, the agency said Thursday.
The corps Thursday said it “continues to work closely with its partners in Plaquemines Parish government on the construction of risk reduction projects.”
For centuries the Netherlands has suffered from catastrophic floods. As the rest of the world now reckons with the same fate the Dutch are sharing…
by: Ms Josephine Cuneta
From: The Wall Street Journal (November 25, 2013) http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2013/11/24/qa-philippine-lessons-in-post-disaster-recovery/
The rush has begun to rebuild parts of the Philippines destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, the…