Semester of Graduation

May 2024


Master of Science (MS)


Geography & Anthropology

Document Type



Street flooding in New Orleans presents a complex challenge exacerbated by heavy rainfall and inadequate drainage systems. This study investigates the feasibility of implementing a zone-based approach to neutral ground parking as an alternative to the current methodology. The study explores the relationship between storm events and flooding in Orleans Parish by analyzing storm-related data, including Calls for Service (CFS) reports of flood events to 911, storm verification records from the National Weather Service, and quantitative precipitation estimates. The City of New Orleans Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness provided data encompassing neutral ground parking dates since its formal regulation. Results show a nuanced landscape where the decision-making process behind neutral ground parking should intersect with various city departments and infrastructure intricacies. Contrary to expectations, the research suggests that flooding is observed across all parts of the city, making a zone-based approach to neutral ground parking potentially impractical. Additionally, the study challenges the reliability of using rainfall totals alone to predict flood likelihood, as variations in stormwater infrastructure significantly influence flooding patterns. This research contributes valuable insights into the complexity of street flooding in New Orleans and the challenges associated with implementing neutral ground parking. The findings underscore the need for a holistic collaboration between city departments to prioritize either resident’s vehicles or public infrastructure.



Committee Chair

Keim, Barry D.

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