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Perilous Place, Powerful StormsHurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana$
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Craig E. Colten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732382

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732382.001.0001

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City at Risk

City at Risk

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(p.12) City at Risk
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Perilous Place, Powerful Storms
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Craig E. Colten

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732382.003.0002

This chapter examines the development of flood-protection authority in the lower Mississippi River Valley, particularly with respect to New Orleans. It traces the impacts of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century hurricanes, and examines local preparations for tropical storms. As with river flooding, responsibility began with individuals or families and gradually progressed to the federal level. The local setting of New Orleans provides unique challenges in light of cyclonic storms. As a preface to the extended discussion of federal projects, the chapter considers both the physical features of the region and pre-1957 efforts to provide hurricane protection.

Keywords:   flood protection authority, lower Mississippi Valley, New Orleans, hurricane protection, storm preparation

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