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Flood Insurance Prices Surge

A new law meant to stabilize the federal government’s money-losing flood-insurance program is starting to send rates sky high, prompting a growing backlash in coastal areas.
The Biggert-Waters law, enacted in 2012 before superstorm Sandy hit the Eastern Seaboard, requires that government insurance premiums for the 5.6 million property owners in flood-prone regions be set at a level that better reflects the full risk of flooding. It was prompted by cumulative losses that had ballooned to $24 billion for the National Flood Insurance Program.

8/12/2013 | Read Story »

Major changes to Uptown drainage systems represent citywide water-management proposal

Rainfall should be diverted out of Uptown via the Mississippi River instead of carrying it all the way to Lake […]

08/01/2013 | Read Story »

Planners, inspired by Dutch, now hope to build

Ever since the levees failed eight years ago, New Orleans’ intelligentsia has been talking about learning from the Netherlands, a […]

07/23/2013 | Read Story »

10 most entrepreneurial states

Many startups are attracted to Louisiana’s traditional fishing and oil and gas industries, but the state’s growing technology, life sciences, music and entertainment sectors also are luring new businesses, said Scott Martinez, president of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership.

06/20/2013 | Read Story »

America’s Fastest-Growing Cities Since The Recession

The No. 1 city on our list, New Orleans, fits this picture to a degree as a quintessentially Southern city, but it’s a bit of an anomaly. Its fast growth is partially a rebound effect from its massive population loss after Katrina, but is also a function of a striking economic revival that I have seen firsthand as a consultant in the area.

06/18/2013 | Read Story »

House passes amendment to block huge hikes in flood insurance premiums

The House Wednesday night approved an amendment that bars FEMA from using its budget to implement a 2012 law that ends subsidized flood insurance rates for policyholders who, through no fault of their own, are remapped into a “below base flood elevation” status. It passed 281-146, but still needs Senate approval to become law.

06/05/2013 | Read Story »

BR, N.O. make Forbes list of best cities for information jobs

Baton Rouge and New Orleans both ranked among the top cities their size on Forbes’ magazine’s list of “Cities Winning the Battle for Information Jobs.”

06/03/2013 | Read Story »

Coastal La. faces depopulation over flood insure hikes

Robert and Lisa Taylor of Des Allemands, Louisiana will see their flood insurance premiums go from just under $700 per year to over $28,000 next year if the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act is allowed to stay in force. And, they are not alone.

05/29/2013 | Read Story »