flood maps http://wwno.org en Louisiana Lawmakers Push FEMA To Revamp Flood Maps http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-lawmakers-push-fema-revamp-flood-maps <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisiana public officials are launching a bipartisan battle to revamp proposed changes to the <a href="http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program" target="_blank">National Flood Insurance Program</a>. The administrator evaluating the objections was taken on a helicopter tour of coastal regions possibly facing steep premium hikes.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 41394 at http://wwno.org ProPublica: FEMA Flood Maps Fraught with Error http://wwno.org/post/propublica-fema-flood-maps-fraught-error <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201308/ht_texas_drycreek_map_630x420_130718.jpg" alt="" /><p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued new preliminary flood maps.<p><a href="http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/07/sen_landrieu_and_rep_richmond.html" target="_blank">Louisiana’s delegation in Washington, D.C. is griping </a>over FEMA’s disregard of local flood protection measures when it drew them.<p>Meanwhile, unless Congress succeeds in passing a delay, federal flood insurance rates are set to go up dramatically as soon as October. Many in Louisiana are facing increases of 20 percent or more.<p>And, as <a href="http://www.propublica.org" target="_blank">ProPublica</a> reporter Theo Meyer has found, some may end up paying for insurance they don’t need.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/08/080913_TheoMeyerFEMAFloodMaps_AJ2way.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><strong>Read the ProPublica article: <a href="http://www.propublica.org/article/using-outdated-data-fema-is-wrongly-placing-homeowners-in-flood-zones" target="_blank">Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones</a></strong><p><strong>Share your story: <a href="http://www.propublica.org/getinvolved/item/do-you-know-about-problems-with-femas-flood-mapping" target="_blank">Tell ProPublica About Flood Map Problems Where You Live</a></strong><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 41380 at http://wwno.org Preliminary Jefferson Parish FEMA Flood Maps Now Available For Public Comment http://wwno.org/post/preliminary-jefferson-parish-fema-flood-maps-now-available-public-comment <p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released new preliminary flood maps for Jefferson Parish, and are asking the public to participate in a 90-day comment period.</p><p>Flood maps are created by FEMA, in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers and local officials, and are used to calculate flood risk and determine flood insurance rates. The public comment period is an opportunity for residents, renters and business owners to review the maps and comment on them file appeals — the agency will accept public comment until September 30.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:31:49 +0000 Jason Saul 38761 at http://wwno.org