La. ranks 2nd for homes at risk from hurricane storm surge

Advocate file photo by Arthur D. Lauck -- Leo Hirtzler, of Maurepas, walks in flood water Sept. 15, 2008, near his home on Gunboat Circle. Storm surge from Hurricane Ike flooded much of the area. Show caption
Advocate file photo by Arthur D. Lauck -- Leo Hirtzler, of Maurepas, walks in flood water Sept. 15, 2008, near his home on Gunboat Circle. Storm surge from Hurricane Ike flooded much of the area.

Louisiana trails only Florida in the number of homes at risk for damage from hurricane-driven storm surge, according to CoreLogic, a global data analysis services firm.

In Louisiana, 738,165 single-family homes valued at $161.1 billion are at risk for “storm-surge inundation.” That’s the third-highest amount of potential home damage. In Florida, 2.5 million homes valued at $490.4 billion are at risk.

New York ranked third in the number of homes at risk, 466,919, but second in value at $182.5 billion.

According to CoreLogic, more than 6.5 million homes along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts are at risk of storm surge inundation. Those homes are worth nearly $1.5 trillion.

CoreLogic also ranked metro areas by storm-surge risk. Inclouding homes and commercial properties, New Orleans ranked No. 5, with 381,149 total properties valued at $85.7 billion. Lafayette was No. 14, with 106,166 total properties valued at $21.3 billion.

New York City had the greatest number of total properties at risk, 687,412 valued at $251 billion.