Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc., leading a delegation of 20 officials from 20 South Louisiana parishes, said the impact of the 2012 flood insurance bill hit most coastal communities.

“There’s no reason to think that Brooklyn will fare any better than Plaquemines,” Hecht said.

While the government is spending $14.6 billion on a risk-reduction system for most of metropolitan New Orleans, hundreds of thousands of people outside the new levees, gates and floodwalls remain essentially defenseless.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...