Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program



Civil and Environmental Engineering

Major Professor

Mattei, Norma Jean

Second Advisor

Barbe, Donald

Third Advisor

Hunt, J.D.


For decades Louisiana, especially Jefferson and Orleans parishes, has been affected severely by floods. These two parishes have experienced fifteen significant flood events in twenty six years from 1978 to 2004, either due to tropical weather or strong rainfall events. Those floods have resulted in billions of dollars in damages. In 1996 the Congress authorized a large flood control project called Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project (SELA). SELA is a large scale project that once complete, will improve the channels and the pumping stations in Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany parishes. FEMA has limited sources for non-structural mitigation projects. Hence it is crucial to select the right properties for mitigation. This study focuses on identifying and creating a priority list of the properties in Jefferson Parish which will not have 100-year flood protection after all SELA projects are in place. These properties will require alternative non-structural mitigation measures.


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