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New anti-flooding ideas urged


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - It's not possible for every south Louisiana community to be surrounded by a levee, but one state group says there are options available to reduce the risk of flooding. 

The Advocate reports a new subcommittee of the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has started its task of coordinating agencies and groups and educating communities about non-levee options. 

The state master plan for coastal restoration and protection includes plans for more than $10 billion to be spent on "non-structural" options to reduce flood risks. Those voluntary options include: elevating homes and businesses, land use planning and assistance if a community wants to relocate. 

One official welcomed the panel, saying there's not been enough focus on finding ways to reduce flooding risks outside of levee construction since 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

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