Presentation on theme: "LOUISIANA HURRICANES & FLOODS SPECIAL REPORT DISASTER PERSPECTIVE CHUCK MARCEAUX T h i s p r e s e n t a t i o n w i l l p r o b a b l y i n v o l v e."— Presentation transcript:
LOUISIANA HURRICANES & FLOODS SPECIAL REPORT DISASTER PERSPECTIVE CHUCK MARCEAUX T h i s p r e s e n t a t i o n w i l l p r o b a b l y i n v o l v e a u d i e n c e d i s c u s s i o n, w h i c h w i l l c r e a t e a c t i o n i t e m s. U s e P o w e r P o i n t t o k e e p t r a c k o f t h e s e a c t i o n i t e m s d u r i n g y o u r p r e s e n t a t i o n I n S l i d e S h o w, c l i c k o n t h e r i g h t m o u s e b u t t o n S e l e c t “ M e e t i n g M i n d e r ” S e l e c t t h e “ A c t i o n I t e m s ” t a b T y p e i n a c t i o n i t e m s a s t h e y c o m e u p C l i c k O K t o d i s m i s s t h i s b o x T h i s w i l l a u t o m a t i c a l l y c r e a t e a n A c t i o n I t e m s l i d e a t t h e e n d o f y o u r p r e s e n t a t i o n w i t h y o u r p o i n t s e n t e r e d.
THE NEW ORLEANS FLOOD http://www.nola.com/katrina/grap hics/flashflood.swf
THE DAMAGE 35 large wastewater treatment plants destroyed 25 small "" "" "" "" 170 individual "" "" "" "" 50 million tons debris to be disposed of 350,000 building structures to be taken down (250,000 homes included), (every school in Orleans, Plaquemines, St Bernard) 200,000 autos (tires, oil, fluids, Freon to be drained prior to flattening and sending to be recycled) 60,000 boats to be trashed 1,000 rail cars damaged, to be removed 126 radiation sources leaking 5 million tons of hazardous material to be removed 3,000 underground facilities (tanks) to be removed $1.7 billion federal highway needs (includes new twin spans) $750 million on non federal system
Building Codes Inspectors Fault Lack of Codes In Storm Damage A federal buildings inspection team has found that damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was amplified by a lack of construction standards in the Gulf Coast states, as well as by shoddy building practices. None of the states severely affected — Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas — had adopted statewide building codes before the storms last year, according to the team's report, released Friday by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a unit of the Department of Commerce. As a result, many of the collapsed brick walls in the region had not been correctly anchored or reinforced. Shingles blew off roofs because not enough fasteners had been used, or because they had been put in place incorrectly. Dozens of windows shattered on high-rise buildings, as in downtown New Orleans, because nearby buildings were roofed with gravel, forbidden in high-wind areas under standard building codes. Though the 270-page report documents considerable building damage from winds and even more from storm surge, wind speeds did not reach levels that model codes are devised to withstand. The region's roofers, largely unlicensed and unregulated, come in for particularly scathing appraisal in the report. Where roofs were blown off, the team found that the culprit was almost always poor installation. The team found roofers making repairs after the storms in the same faulty manner, and the report urges that a system to ensure education of contractors be put in place. Apart from adopting and enforcing model building codes and taking better account of the potential hazard from storm surge, the agency urged the Gulf states to license, regulate and educate roofing contractors. None of the affected states licensed roofers before the storms. Louisiana has since adopted a statewide building code; some cities, like New Orleans and Lake Charles, La., already had similar codes. Texas adopted the International Building Code in September 2005. Mississippi has no statewide code.National Institute of Standards and Technology
LOUISIANA LICENSING BOARD APPROACH 1.Board members message to Executive Director 2.Executive Director message to staff 3.Message sent to Governor Blanco 4.5 New hotlines being added Tuesday 5.Coordination of Message with other state agencies 6.The message “Applications must be completed” 7.Enforcement Posture – Sensitive & low key in affected areas 8.Public Service Announcements ($50,000 authority) 9.Media messages for the press 10.Message to Louisiana Contractors 11.Message to Out of State Licensed Contractors 12.Message to Out of State Unlicensed Contractors CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY OUTREACH ISSUES 1.Affected and displaced Louisiana Workforce 2.What can the Board do to help? 3.Website posting of employment opportunities, company contact numbers, etc. QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED 1.Are we going to let unlicensed people work in Louisiana? 2.Are we going to let licensed out of state people work w/o first obtaining a Louisiana Contractors License? 3.Will we enforce bidding w/o license portion of the law? 4.Will we stop people working on affected areas if found to not be licensed and in compliance with the Contractor Licensing Law? 5.Will we waive any contractor licensing provisions? 6.How can the Board assist Louisiana industry while at the same time be courteous and professional to those outside our state?
Planning Board: Sends letter to Governor Kathleen Blanco 90 day grace period for debris removal and demolition of buildings Meets with: Commercial Contractor Trade Associations Industrial Contractors Insurance Industry Homebuilders Board establishes emergency policies Installed 5 Hotlines to handle calls Assigned displaced investigators to hotline duty Coordinated info with other state agencies Posted contractor and consumer info on web Expedited license applications for approval every 10 days Purchased 120 days of TV and Radio time to promote consumer protection and contractor licensing laws in State of Louisiana
CONTRACTOR REALITIES AFTER THE DISASTERS Contractors may not get paid by prime contractors for a long time FEMA and Corp of Engineers work may not require a state contractors license The “Gold Rush” peaks early, slows, then begins a long steady climb. Commercial work available mainly debris removal and demolition of structures and underground utilities
RESIDENTIAL REALITIES Comprehensive complications regarding the work – demolition Fema flood elevation maps Mandatory IBC & IRC Bldg. Code and Inspectors Insurance Issues – Flood, Wind, Act of God Mortgage Lenders, Owners Home Improvement Contracting, availability of insurance Homeowner/Builders/Building Permits