Apr 15, 2021

New Orleans Storm Water Program Marks Completion of 100th Home Project

A program to install storm water control features at up to 200 homes in New Orleans, Louisiana, is halfway done.

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A program to install storm water control features at up to 200 homes in New Orleans, Louisiana, is halfway done, according to the city, reported The Ridgefield Press.

The neighborhood experiences frequent flooding issues. The program is part of the Community Adaptation Program (CAP), which provides an opportunity for homeowners to retrofit their properties with residential-scale storm water management improvements, according to a news release from the city.

The 100th project was completed in March 2021 at the home of Stephanie Thomas in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood, according to the city news release.

The $5 million CAP is managed by NORA and is part of the city's $141 million HUD-funded Gentilly Resilience (GRD), benefitting up to 200 low-to moderate-income, owner-occupied single-family households. The total completed projects will be able to hold and manage approximately 144,686 gallons of storm water in the Gentilly area before allowing it to gradually enter the city's drainage system, according to the city’s news release. 

"We are excited to reach this milestone in the Community Adaptation Program," said Project Delivery Unity Manager Joseph Threat in the news release. "This program is a great benefit to participating homeowners in the Gentilly neighborhood who are now able to hold storm water through green infrastructure interventions on their property. We look forward to getting construction underway on more Gentilly Resilience District projects this year." 

The 100th CAP project involved the design and construction teams of Dana Brown & Associates in partnership with Greenman Dan installing a permeable paver driveway system, infiltration trenches, rain gardens and a storm water planter box, according to the city. The green retrofits to this property combine for a total storm water storage of 3,298 gallons.

New Orleans is continuing to showcase completed projects through a Virtual "CAP Chats" online event series, which can be found here

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