March 17, 2015

UNO Survey: 81 Percent of Katrina-Damaged Homes Have Started or Completed Rebuilding

A curbside survey conducted by the University of New Orleans Department of Geography found that 81 percent of damaged homes within the Hurricane Katrina flood zone of Orleans and St. Bernard parishes have begun or completed rebuilding or renovating.

The survey was conducted between October 2014 and February 2015. This is the seventh iteration of the survey, which tracks the progress of more than 2,000 Katrina-flooded single and double family residences in a set of 39 U.S. Census block groups, selected randomly to provide a representative overview of the flood zone.

Residences were classified as either new/finished renovation, in process of renovation, gutted/derelict, or empty lots from which the house has been removed. Here is the breakdown of the survey:

  • 81 percent of homes have begun or completed rebuilding or renovating (79 percent appeared complete, two percent in process). This number is up slightly from the 79 percent reported by the April 2013 survey.
  • 15 percent are demolished (now empty lots)
  • Four percent are gutted or derelict

The two percent rise in the number of properties that are new, had finished renovation, or are in the process of rebuilding is similar to the two percent increase from 2010 to 2013, which had slowed from a six percent increase from 2009 to 2010 and the nine percent rise from 2008 to 2009. Gutted and/or derelict homes continue to decline in abundance, dropping to four percent from eight percent in 2013, 11 percent in 2010 and 17 percent in 2009.

The proportion of empty lots (with houses removed) increased slightly to 15 percent from 14 percent in 2013.