Resilient housing strategies
One way to reduce risk of flooding to an existing house is to elevate habitable areas of the house above the 1% (100 year) flood level, or Base Flood Elevation (BFE). The BFE is the regulatory requirement for the elevation or flood proofing of structures. It is the computed elevation to which floodwater is anticipated to rise during the base flood. There are several ways to elevate an existing house, but regardless of the technique used, the home’s foundation must be able to handle significant hydrostatic pressure, hydrodynamic pressure and debris impact.
In addition to housing retrofits that make homes safer, Lafourche Parish has also outlined the goal of providing more diverse, robust, housing choice in the Parish that is both designed for the people living there and is affordable.