flood maps

Latest News
7:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Louisiana Lawmakers Push FEMA To Revamp Flood Maps

US Senator Mary Landrieu and FEMA Associate Administrator David Miller prepare for an aerial tour of coastal Louisiana flood protection systems.
Credit Office of Senator Mary Landrieu

Louisiana delegation wants changes in FEMA flood maps they say could cause premiums to skyrocket.

Louisiana public officials are launching a bipartisan battle to revamp proposed changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. The administrator evaluating the objections was taken on a helicopter tour of coastal regions possibly facing steep premium hikes.

Read more
WRKF
4:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

ProPublica: FEMA Flood Maps Fraught with Error

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 8:33 am

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued new preliminary flood maps.

Louisiana’s delegation in Washington, D.C. is griping over FEMA’s disregard of local flood protection measures when it drew them.

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.

And, as ProPublica reporter Theo Meyer has found, some may end up paying for insurance they don’t need.

Read the ProPublica article: Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones

Share your story: Tell ProPublica About Flood Map Problems Where You Live

Read more
FEMA
9:31 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Preliminary Jefferson Parish FEMA Flood Maps Now Available For Public Comment

A screenshot of the FEMA online map system, highlighting the new preliminary flood maps for Jefferson Parish.
FEMA

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.

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.

Read more