NEW ORLEANS — A UNO survey found that renovations of Hurricane Katrina-damaged homes have slowed since 2010 as the number of derelict buildings declines.
The survey found that 79 percent of homes have been fully or partially renovated, up two percent from the 2009-10 period when the university last conducted the study.
The study, the sixth of its kind, tracks the progress of more than 2,000 Katrina-flooded homes in 39 U.S. Census tracts randomly selected to show the flood zone in the city.
From 2008-09, the team from the UNO Department of Geography found that nine percent more had been renovated or had renovations begun. A year later, the rise was six percent.
Meanwhile, the study found that the number of gutted or derelict homes fell from 17 percent in 2009 to eight percent in the past survey, conducted from October 20013 through April of this year.
In the most recent study, UNO’s researchers found that 76 percent of the homes surveyed appeared complete while another three percent were in the process of being renovated. Fourteen percent have been demolished and are now empty lots.
The Department of Geography also surveyed more than 2,400 businesses in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes.
In that study, 68 percent of businesses were open, up from 64 percent in 2010. The increase was accompanied by a decrease in the number of structures being renovated.
Lake Forest Boulevard has the fewest open businesses at 34 percent.