Most Flooded St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans Homes Rebuilt

August 3, 2009

Through its annual curbside survey conducted in July, the University of New Orleans Geography Department has found that 61 percent of the homes in the Hurricane Katrina-flooded neighborhoods of New Orleans and in St. Bernard Parish now appear to be completely renovated or rebuilt.

That figure is up from 47 percent in 2008.

Peter Yaukey, an associate professor of geography, says an additional 10 percent are in the process of being renovated or rebuilt.

Yaukey said in a news release that 12 percent of the properties surveyed are now empty lots where homes have been demolished and removed. Seventeen percent of the properties were gutted or derelict.

Less than 1 percent (0.6 percent) continue to have trailers, provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

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