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Flood Mitigation

Mayor Belinda Constant Discusses Flood Mitigation Progress in Gretna

Flooding and its impact are ongoing concerns for the citizens of Gretna. To address this problem, the City administration authorized a flood mitigation planning effort. Over a period of months, a Mitigation Planning Committee met to review what could be done to reduce the safety hazards, health hazards and property damage caused by flooding and related drainage problems. The Committee produced a Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan to guide the City’s hazard mitigation efforts. The Committee reviewed a variety of mitigation measures, organized under five general strategies:

  • Preventive – e.g., zoning, building codes and other developmental regulations
  • Property protection – e.g., relocation out of harm’s way, retrofitting buildings, insurance
  • Emergency services – e.g., warning, sandbagging, evacuation
  • Flood control – e.g., levees, stormwater management, drainage improvements
  • Public information – e.g., outreach projects, technical assistance to property owners

The City of Gretna currently falls under the Jefferson Parish Multijurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (2015). All residents are encouraged to use the Jefferson Parish Community Alert System (JPAlert). Residents can sign up at this link.

Elevation Certificates

The department keeps copies of elevation certificates on file for public reference. Click here to access elevation certificates currently on file.

Wind and Hurricane Damage

Hurricanes and tropical storms are an ongoing threat to coastal Louisiana. Hurricane force winds can destroy buildings and mobile homes. Debris, such as signs, roofing material, siding, and small items left outside become flying missiles during hurricanes. Click here for tips to prepare your home for hurricane season.

The website provides an interesting history of hurricanes in Louisiana, from the 1500’s to modern storms.

Contact Information

For questions regarding flood mitigation, please contact Danika Gorrondona, the City’s Floodplain Manager at 504.363.1563.

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